Doctoral Programs

During the first year of training, doctoral students form a supervisory committee that guides them through all of their work. Because the Ph.D. program is a research intensive, competency-based program, students work closely with their committee, which is headed by a major professor. In addition to advising students, the committee is charged with the responsibility of advising students about research design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. The committee helps set course work beyond the required core courses needed for the student to become an independent scientist and researcher. The committee also conducts an annual evaluation of each student's progress.

Applicants for the doctoral program are strongly encouraged to visit the department. If you decide to visit, please contact us in advance so that we can arrange meetings with individual faculty members with whom you can discuss research interests and opportunities.