Comprehensive Research Project
Comprehensive Research Paper
The Comprehensive Research Paper is a literature review that examines potential research methods appropriate for the student’s doctoral studies program. The student’s Advisor will be responsible for reviewing the Comprehensive Methods Paper and determining if it is acceptable or not acceptable. If a Comprehensive Research Paper is deemed by the Advisor to be unacceptable, the student will re-submit the Paper to the Advisor. If the Advisor deems that the re-submitted Comprehensive Research Paper is still not acceptable, the Advisor will submit the Comprehensive Research Paper to the Associate Dean (Research) who will make the final determination of acceptability.

The Associate Dean (Research) decision will be final.

Should a student fail to have their re-submitted Comprehensive Research Paper accepted, they will be asked to withdraw from the Ph.D. Program.

Comprehensive Design and Planning Project
The Comprehensive Design and Planning Project is a project that will explore the student’s area of research interest and identify preliminary considerations that will be explored in detail in the doctoral thesis. The Comprehensive Design and Planning Project will be a written and/or design based submission that is reviewed by the student’s Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will determine by majority if the Comprehensive Design and Planning Project is acceptable or unacceptable. If the Comprehensive Design and Planning Project is deemed to be unacceptable, the student will be requested to re-submit their work until the Advisory Committee deems the Comprehensive Design and Planning Project acceptable. The Advisory Committee may ask the student to withdraw from the Ph.D. program if the re-submitted Comprehensive design and Planning Project is deemed unacceptable.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once the student and advisor agree upon the program of studies, the program forms must be completed and submitted by the Advisor to the Chair of the Doctoral Studies Committee for approval. These forms are available online.