Graduate Studies 33addition to the application made to the GraduateSchoolofTheUniversityofAkron,the student must submit to the History Department the following materials:- a personal statement of reasons for wishing to undertake doctoral study andthe fields of study the student w1shes to pursue;- three letters of recommendation from former professors;- a writing sample, preferably a seminar paper or other comparable scholarlywork;-scores on the Graduate Record Examination, General Aptitude Test;- evidence of a reading knowledge of one foreign language or knowledge of anacceptable cognate field. Those whose native language 1S not English mustdemonstrate proficiency in EnglishThe History Department does not encourage applications for the doctoral programfrom students who have received both BA and MA degrees from TheUniversityofAkron. Special circumstances may warrant consideratiOn, however, and theGraduate Committee reserves the right to judge applications on their own ment• Complete studies selected by the student in consultation with an advisory committee,including:-completion of 60 credits beyond master's degree requirements, including dissertationcredit Courses at the 500-level in the student's major and dissertationfields will not be counted toward the degree, and only 9 hours of 500-levelcourses in the student's secondary fields will be counted;- demonstration of competency in four fields of study selected from the followingareas: ancient, medieval, modern Europe to 1750, modern Europesince 1750, England and the Empire, United States 1607 to present, LatinAmerica, Far East, and history of science. Further, students will be requ1red tosit for examinations in three fields chosen from the above list They will beexam1ned in a fourth field as well, a spec1alty or sub-topic falling within one ofthe general fields listed above. The fourth field will be designed by the studentand the student's adviser, in consultation with the student's doctoral committeeand the Graduate Committee of the History Department The student'sdissertation will fall within this fourth field;-satisfactory performance in written and oral comprehensive examinations;- defense of the dissertation in an oral examination.• A reading knowledge of two languages will be required. With the approval ofthe student's doctoral committee and the Graduate Committee, the studentmay substitute a cognate field for one of the two requ1red languages when itseems appropriate for the student's general program.• Complete all general requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.Doctor of Philosophy in PsychologyThe Department of Psychology offers a doctoral degree in psychology with specializationin either industrial/organizational psychology or applied cognitive agingpsychology.A degree will be awarded to a student who, besides fulfilling the general requirements,has met the following specific requirements:• Fulfill admission requirements of the GraduateSchool and department requirementsas follows:- completion of master's degree including 30 graduate credits;- completion of master's core courses or equivalent;-attainment of a graduate grade-point average (GPA) or 3.25;- completion ofGraduate Record Examination Aptitude and Advanced PsychologyTest;-securing of three letters of recommendation;• Major field:-a minimum of 90 graduate credits including a 30-credit master's program. Astudent may be required to complete additional cred1ts beyond the 90 minimumcredit requirement;-completion of Ph.D. core courses 1n the student's specialty area:industrial/organizational or applied cognitive aging Core courses are specified1n the Department of Psychology Graduate Student Manual. The student isrequired to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in core courses and overall courses;- completion of additional required and elective courses to be planned in conjunctionwith the student's faculty adviser and subject to approval by theindustrial/organizational or applied cognitive aging committees.• Written comprehensive examinations:- satisfactory performance on doctoral written and oral comprehensive examinationsin the student's major area of industrial/organizational psychology orapplied cognitive aging (refer to the department's graduate student manual).• Dissertation research:-completion of 3750:899 Doctoral Dissertation; (minimum 12 credits);- sat1sfactory performance on final examination and defense of dissertationresearch.• Other requirements:- refer to the department's graduate student manual for other requirements orguidelines;-complete and fulfill general doctoral degree requirements of the GraduateSchool.Doctoral language requirements or appropriate alternative research skills and techniquesmay be prescribed by the student's advisory committee, depending uponthe career plans of the student and upon the academic ancl/or scientific requirementsof the dissertationDoctor of Philosophy in SociologyAkron-Kent Joint Ph.D. ProgramTheUniversityofAkron and Kent State University departments of sociology offera joint program leading to the Ph.D. degree. Faculty and student engaged in thejoint doctoral program are for all intents and purposes involved in a single graduateprogram. Course work is offered at both campuses and faculty and studentsinterchange freely.Admission to the ProgramA student may apply with a completed master's degree or equivalent or after atleast one year of full-time coursework or equivalent (18 credits) in the sociologymaster of arts program at The Univers1ty ofAkron. The coursework must includethe master of arts core sequence. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination(GRE) are required as part of the doctoral application. Admission is limited to studentswhose records clearly indicate both scholarly and research potential.Degree Requirements (for a student admitted withthe master's degree or equivalent)In addition to meeting the general requirements of the GraduateSchool, a studentworking toward the Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology must meet the followingrequirements:• Take the two follow1ng courses, such courses not to count toward meeting specializationrequirements:3850·.631 Soc1al Psychology3850:645 Social Organ1zation• Take two doctoral-level courses in theory. These courses are to be selectedfrom the predetermined group of courses (see Department of Sociology GraduateStudent Handbook).• Complete two doctoral-level courses in methods/statistics. These courses areto be selected from the predetermined group of courses (see the department'sgraduate student handbook).• Complete a specialty of at least 15 credits.• Complete a minimum total of 30 credits in coursework.• Pass the doctoral comprehensive examination. This examination is given in thespecialty area and will include an evaluation of methods, theory, and statisticsas relevant to the specialty area.• Full res1dency requirement of the GraduateSchool.• Complete foreign language requirement by one of four sequences as detailedin the department's graduate student handbook:- foreign language;- computer science;- statiStiCS;- philosophy.• Register for a minimum of 30 credits of dissertation credit, complete a dissertationand successfully defend it in an oral examination.Degree Requirements (for a student admittedwithout the master's degree)In addition to meeting the requirements for a student admitted with the master'sdegree, the student must meet the follow·lng requirements:• Completion of the MA core coursework.• Completion of a research practicum (three credits) This may be waived for thestudent who already has sufficient research experience.• Completion of a minimum of 60 credits of graduate-level (600 or higher) courseworkbeyond the bachelor's degree.
34 TheUniversityofAkronDoctor of Philosophy in Urban StudiesThe Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies ofTheUniversityofAkronoffers a program leading to the Ph.D. in Urban Studies (joint with ClevelandState University). Students admitted to the program may take courses at eithercampus and all doctoral committees contain members from both universities.The program is designed to train professionals interested in the areas of policyanalysis and evaluation, public administration, and urban and regional planning foruniversity and profess1onal appointments.AdmissionAdmission to the Ph.D. Program involves faculty consideration of all of the followingcriteria which, taken together, present evidence of the likelihood of successin advanced study:• Grade point average from previous Master's Degree Program. Students will normallynot be admitted with a GPA below 3.5. Having a 3.5 GPA, however, is notsufficient, in itself, for admiss1on.• Graduate Record Examination General Test Scores. The applicant is expected tosubmit a score on both the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE.• Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant'srecent performance and abilities.• A sample of the student's written work. Generally, this should be a thesis or finalproject paper from the Master's Program. Students who did not have such arequirement in the Master's Program are free to submit several samples of writtenwork- for example, term papers, professional reports, published articles.• A personal statement from the applicant detailing area of intended specializationand career aspirations (form available in application packet). A student willbe considered for admission only if faculty resources are available in the student'sindicated area of specialization.• Those whose native tongue 1s not English must also demonstrate proficiency inthe English Language by scoring a minimum of 570 on the Test of English asForeign Language (TOEFL) and submitting an acceptable score from the Test ofWritten English (TWE) and a minimum score of 220 on the Test of Spoken English(TSE)A student may be required to appear before the Doctoral Committee before adecision is made on admission to the Program.Entering students will also have successfully completed the following Master'slevel social science prerequisites (or equivalents) before formal admission:3980:600 Bas1c Analytical Research 33980:601 Advanced Research and Statistical Methods 33980:611 Introduction to the Profession of Public Administration 33350:6303980:6403980:643orIntroduction to Planning TheoryF1scal Analys1sIntroduction to Publ1c Pol1cyThe Doctoral Committee may also require an applicant to take an admissionexamination, either written or oral, or both. A student may be admitted to the doctoralprogram subject to completing graduate-level bndge-up courseworkdesigned to make up deficiencies in previous coursework. Bridge-up courseworkwill not count toward doctoral degree course requirements.Degree RequirementsThe Ph.D. Program 1n Urban Studies has a required core of four courses consistingof two courses 1n advanced quantitative methods and two courses in urbantheory. In addition, students must complete a major consisting of 24 credit hours(eight courses); and a minor consisting of 12 credits (four courses). The majormust be taken from one of the following specializations: Policy Analysis and Evaluation,Public Administration, and Urban and Regional Planning. The minor consistsof an integrated set of courses offering a specializatiOn in either a set ofmethodological tools such as advanced statistics, a body of theory, or an area ofapplication such as health policy.The doctoral major and minor can be completed through a combination ofrequired courses, elective courses, and tutorials. The tutorials allow students towork in close cooperation with an individual faculty member to pursue researchinterests shared by the student and the faculty member.Students must pass written and oral comprehensive examinations on the quantitativecore courses and on their major area of specialization.A minimum of 63 credits beyond the master's degree is required, 48 hours ofcoursework, and 15 hours of dissertation.333MASTER'S DEGREEPrograms of advanced study leading to the master's degree are offered by thedepartments of biology, chemistry, economics, English, geography, geology (earthscience), history, mathematical sciences, modern languages (Spanish), physics,political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies. Before undertakingsuch a program, the student must show that the general requirements for admissionto the GraduateSchool have been met, and the standard requirements foran undergraduate major in the area of the proposed graduate specialty have beenmet or that the student has performed work which the department approves asequivalent to an undergraduate major.BiologyAdmission Requirements• Possess the equivalent of a biology undergraduate major with a GPA of 3.00 orhigher 1n biology courses.• Submit three letters of recommendation.• Submit scores for Graduate Record Examination (Aptitude and Advanced BiologyTests)• Submit a letter of proposed area of specialization within biology.• Non-active speakers of English must submit a TSE score of 220 or above (minimumscore of 50 on TSE, revised 1995) to be considered for a graduate assistantship.Master of ScienceThesis Option IThe program is primarily for the student who will pursue a research career, includingthe student who intends to enter a doctoral program in the biological sciences.• Course work in addition to the master's research and seminars (must beapproved by the student's advisory committee) - 24 credits.• Research and thesis - minimum of 12 credits.• Participation in seminars -a maximum of four credits.• The student's advisory committee may require the demonstration of readingproficiency in a fore1gn language appropriate to the field of study.A minor may be taken in approved graduate courses including education. Summerstudy at a biological station is available.Thesis Option IIThis program is intended for Medical Doctors and Doctors of Osteopathic Med~cine who have graduated from an accredited U.S. medical school.• Course work in addition to the master's research and seminars (must beapproved by the graduate officer)- 16 credits (no transfer credits are allowed forthis option).• Research and thesis- minimum of 12 credits.• Participation in sem1nars- a maximum of two credits.Nonthesis OptionThis program is designed exclusively for secondary school teachers for whom theM.S. probably will be a terminal degree and who do not need research experience.The program is open only to applicants possessing a teaching certificate orthose coregistering with the College of Education and shavving normal progresstowards qualifying for a certificate.The requirements are the same as the research option except that no thesis andresearch is undertaken, but a total of 40 credits of approved coursework (includinga maximum of four credits for seminar participation) is required.For additional details concerning admission standards, degree requirements andselection of options, refer to the Department of Biology Graduate Student Guide.ChemistryMaster of Science• Chemistry coursework -with the approval of the adviser, up to 12 credits maybe taken in related areas- 24 credits.• Research and thesis- six credits.• Participation in departmental seminars.• Demonstration of reading proficiency in a foreign language appropriate to thefield of study prior to the last semester of enrollment.