Comprehensive Exam & Dissertation

Students should meet with the Ed.D. Program Coordinator for their concentration area to identify comprehensive examination and dissertation chairs. 

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Comprehensive Exam & Dissertation Advisory Committee

A comprehensive examination committee includes a minimum of three participants to be determined in consultation with the program (concentration) coordinator. Students may ask faculty to serve as chair or member of a committee in their final year of coursework. The comprehensive exam is held upon completion of all coursework; however, the comprehensive exam may be scheduled in advance of only one course for completion. The comprehensive exam committee should be the same membership as the dissertation advisory committee; however, in consultation with the program coordinator and the chair of the Educational Leadership Department, a student may request a different committee.

All change in dissertation advisory committee membership requires a new Dissertation Advisory Committee Form to be completed and submitted to the administrative assistant in the Educational Leadership Department.

Dissertation Advisory Committee Form 
Comprehensive Exam Form


Dissertation Proposal

The written dissertation should be a substantial body of work that reflects the topic appropriately. Examples of dissertations are available in the Randall Library and in the Educational Leadership Conference Room

The Dissertation Advisory Chair will schedule a meeting with the committee members and the student to discuss the format of the proposal and expectations of the defense. The dissertation proposal defense  (or referred to as a prospectus) is a formal presentation. Following a successful defense of the proposal, a timeline for completing the dissertation and preparing for the dissertation defense should be generated to help organize the student and committee members.

Dissertation Proposal Form 


Dissertation Defense

The student works with the Dissertation Advisory Chair to determine when to schedule the Dissertation Defense. The dissertation defense is scheduled only after the dissertation is in its final draft with few edits remaining to be completed. The dissertation defense is a formal presentation. The committee schedules a 3-hour block of time for the defense.

Dissertation Defense Form