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Curriculum Planning and Program Information


Foundation Courses, 6 TOTAL
Introductory Courses (2)
INFO 863 Topics in Information Systems
INFO 861 Topics in Information Science
Research Courses (4)
INFO 811 Applied Research Methods,
INFO 812 Research Statistics I,
INFO 813 Quantitative Methods, and
INFO 816 Qualitative Research Methods

Domain Courses, 6 TOTAL
Drawn from the master's curriculum, the courses must have an enrichment paper or project documented and graded by the faculty member. Enrichment work should be research-oriented and substantive.

View the Model Coursework Plan for more information on when a student would ideally take these courses.

Portfolios should be comprehensive, emphasizing scholarship, presentations, teaching, coursework, service and professional activity.  The document should summarize a year of work, as well as include a self-assessment and plan of study. Students will have continuous portfolio assessments until they complete coursework and enter candidacy.  The schedule below providea guideline for due dates:

Student Level

Due Date to Committee

First year

Approx. June 1; review held in spring term

Second year

Approx. March 1; review held in winter term

Third year (and beyond)

Approx. December 1; review held in fall term

The purpose of assessment is to evaluate student growth. The student is expected to exhibit steady progress on:

  • domain knowledge
  • analysis/critical thinking
  • prognosis for dissertation completion
  • development of a research mentality
  • engagement in research
  • acculturation with the field (paradigm knowledge)
  • presentation/communication skills

Journal Club is a weekly discussion that initially focuses on orientation to the PhD program, followed later by reading and critique of research literature, current topics in research, publication, and other issues in the scholarly community. Students must participate in this one hour per week meeting. It carries three credits and attendance is monitored.

Students must submit these forms as they complete milestones in the program. The forms are university mandated and mark a student's progress in selecting a dissertation research advisor, entering candidacy, completing a dissertation proposal defense, and successfully presenting a final dissertation.

Full-time students awarded a research assistantship are initially assigned a project and advising faculty member.  Decisions are based on the availability of funding, the research interests and background of the student, and the project's required skillset. As students advance in the program and the availability of funds change, a student may be re-assigned.  Additionally, advanced students are able to become a Teaching Assistant (TA).  In general, doctoral students applying to be a TA should be in advanced candidacy but exceptions can be made.

University regulations state that students enrolled for any graduate degree at Drexel University must complete all work within a period of seven (7) consecutive years after initial registration in the Office of Graduate Studies.  Students with a master's degree acquired at Drexel or another university, all requirements shall be completed within five (5) consecutive years after registration in the Office of Graduate Studies as a PhD student.  These regulations apply whether a student is enrolled full- or part-time.

45 credits is required for students entering post master's work, 45 credits is required while students entering directly after completing a bachelor's are required to complete 90 credits by the Office of Graduate Studies.

For more information about Drexel University doctoral program guidelines and policies, please review the Graduate Student Handbook.