Qualifying Process (D1)

Qualifying Process (D1)

JOURN 9010 Doctoral Seminar

To be admitted to the doctoral program, the student must pass JOURN 9010 Doctoral Seminar. The seminar must be taken the semester in which the student completes 18 hours. The three-credit hour seminar is included in the 18-hour requirement. Receiving an A or B in JOURN 9010 Doctoral Seminar fulfills the qualifying examination requirement of the university.

JOURN 9010 Doctoral Seminar is divided into two parts. During the first part of the semester, each member of the doctoral faculty conducts at least one class focused on his/her published research. The faculty member will lead a discussion of his/her research.

During the last portion of the semester, students present their own work. That work consists of a theoretically based paper that could be either a dissertation proposal or, in cases where the student was not ready to write a proposal, a paper prospectus for a scholarly journal article. Such a prospectus will place the specific piece of proposed research within the larger context of the field and also will delineate theory, method and, where appropriate, collection and data analysis at least through a pilot phase. The paper will be presented to the seminar and evaluated by three to five journalism doctoral faculty members selected by the student. If the paper is given a grade lower than a B by one or two doctoral faculty members selected to evaluate it, the student will be required to revise the paper until it meets the satisfaction of all evaluators. If all three evaluators choose to give the paper a grade less than a B, the student may be subject to dismissal from the program.

Usually during the JOURN 9010 Doctoral Seminar, the student recruits an adviser and a planning committee, for a total of five committee members. The adviser must be a member of the doctoral faculty and the committee must include at least two other members of the doctoral faculty in journalism and at least one from the outside area of study. The committee must approve the student’s proposed course of study, including the proposal for meeting the language, research and residency requirements. After the committee approves the course of study, the journalism graduate dean must then approve it. (Note: Although all members must be on their respective doctoral faculties, the student may petition to include one journalism member or one outside member who is not on the doctoral faculty but who is on the graduate faculty.)