The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) may be undertaken in any discipline within the Arts or Sciences. The degree offers ABDs or those who have earned sixty-six graduate credits from an accredited institution the opportunity to complete their doctoral studies.
Sixty-six graduate credits are needed for transfer. These credits may be taken prior to or after admission. An additional twenty-seven credits are to be earned at International University for Graduate Studies. Candidates are required to undertake six credits of non-classroom research and design, which is the foundation for the eighteen credit doctoral dissertation and oral defense. In addition, a three-credit eight-day doctoral seminar is required. The sixty-six transferred credits and the additional twenty-seven credits which are earned at IUGS will total ninety-three credits and will meet the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy.
Before writing the dissertation, all candidates must select a mentor with a doctorate in a related field of study so that he or she may guide the doctoral candidate in the completion of the dissertation. The doctoral candidate may select a mentor known to her or him, or have an appropriate mentor assigned by the Dean of Arts and Science.
The academic environment at International University for Graduate Studies respects the doctoral candidate's professional experience, academic background, and maturity. Doctoral candidates bond with mentors, faculty and fellow students during the learning process, while accomplishing their professional goals.