Degree Title: Doctor of Philosophy in Individual Program of Study
Program Name and Number: Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP) – PH6942
Department/Unit: Graduate College
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus
Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring
Program Overview: The Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP) provides a home for doctoral students seeking a degree which combines traditional academic disciplines to span multiple colleges. The ideal prospective student is an individual with demonstrated ability and intellectual maturity. Admission to the Graduate College as an IIP student demands, in part, that the applicant identify a minimum of two (2) emphasis areas, each in a different department, school, or program.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Successful IIP students will:
- Possess knowledge of two, or more fields beyond the bachelor’s level
- Synthesize knowledge from two or more fields
- Independently design and conduct original research
- Communicate new ideas and concepts in written and oral form
Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/individual-program-study
- 90 semester credits beyond the bachelor’s degree
- 2 credit hours of IIP Professional Seminars (1 hour each of IIP 6491 and IIP 6942)
- At least four courses (min. 12 credit hours) in each emphasis area
- At least two of these four courses (min. 6 credits) must provide depth of knowledge in the field
- At least two of these courses (min. 6 credit hours) must provide breadth of knowledge in the field
- Students must maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA.
- Students should complete their coursework by the end of their third year of full-time study in the program or by the end of their fifth year of part-time study in the program, and their comprehensive examinations, if required by their participating programs, by the end of the semester following completion of coursework.
- Presentation of the results of the student’s research or creative activities at an academic or professional conference. Full-time doctoral students must present by the end of their third year in the program. For part-time doctoral students, dates will be adjusted to align with their progress on course completion.
- Submission of the results of the student’s research or creative activities for peer review and publication to an appropriate journal or publishing house. Full-time doctoral students must submit by the end of their third year in the program. For part-time doctoral students, dates will be adjusted to align with their progress on course completion.
- Successful completion of a comprehensive exam.
- Successful completion of the dissertation.
Culminating Experience: Students will complete both a comprehensive exam and a dissertation.
- An earned advanced or professional degree from an accredited institution of higher education with at least a 3.25 graduate GPA.
- Transcripts of all previous academic work
- At least three (3) letters of recommendation
- A three to five page project proposal that includes
- Tentative fields of study/areas of emphasis;
- Prospective guidance committee members;
- A statement of goals; and
- An explanation of why none of the related existing degrees meet the student’s educational and professional objectives, and the Project Proposal should be submitted with other documents in the online application.
- Official test scores, such as GRE, GMAT, or MAT
- Two letters of support provided by the Graduate Directors or their designee of the cooperating programs/departments/schools that will constitute the primary fields of study (i.e., one letter from a faculty member in each program/department/ school). These letters commit the faculty members to be the initial advisors of record for the applicant.
- Resume or CV
Additionally, prospective students should consult the website of the departments, schools, or programs that will serve as their emphasis areas and provide any additional materials (e.g., writing sample, additional letters of recommendation) required by those departments, schools, or programs.
Students whose native language is not English must meet the University English language proficiency requirements as stated in the Graduate Catalog.
For fall admission, complete applications must be submitted by June 1; for spring admission, complete applications must be submitted by October 15.
International Students: For visa purposes, most IIP plans of study permit full-time residency in Athens. Check the desired course offerings in each emphasis area to be sure that they are not predominantly online.