About Doctoral Degrees
The doctoral degree is awarded for excellence in research scholarship, not merely because a program of courses has been completed or a given amount of time spent in its pursuit. It signifies the attainment of independently acquired and comprehensive learning attesting to general professional competence.
All OU doctoral degree programs require at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours (including both formal coursework and hours of research), successful completion of a written and oral general examination, and the submission and successful defense of the results of original dissertation research.
The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.