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Doctoral Seminar I

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This 3-day residency course begins the formal development of the student’s dissertation. This development will be ongoing throughout the curriculum and result in the dissertation’s submission at the end of the program. Topics in the course include problem statements, research questions, hypotheses and testing, samples and populations, and the intended impact of the study on the profession and society. The outcome of this course is a concept paper that articulates a specific goal and plan that will evolve into the student’s dissertation. This course will incorporate students from various doctoral programs/disciplines.

Course Competencies

  • Develop a concept paper reflecting a feasible, meaningful, and aligned dissertation study that addresses a gap in the literature and would be important to leaders in your specific field of study.
  • Evaluate human subjects’ requirements and ethical issues in conducting research with human subjects as it relates to your proposed study.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the proposal submission, review, and approval process.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the criteria and process of choosing a mentor and dissertation committee.
  • Develop an action plan for expanding the concept paper to a dissertation proposal.


This graduate-level course is 1 week This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 2
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 1 week

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