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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, thesis)

The doctorate symbolizes the ability of the recipient to undertake original research and scholarly work at the highest levels without supervision. The degree is therefore not granted simply upon completion of a stated amount of course work but rather upon demonstration by the student of a comprehensive knowledge and high attainment in scholarship in a specialized field of study.  The student must demonstrate this ability by writing a dissertation reporting the results of an original investigation and by passing a series of preliminary comprehensive examinations in the field of specialization and related areas of knowledge, and by successfully defending the dissertation.


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