Residency Requirement - Professional Doctoral Degrees
To describe residency requirements for all professional doctorate degrees awarded by Penn State.
To ensure that for a period of time during their studies, all professional doctoral students are immersed in the scholarly life of their disciplinary community.
All students enrolled in any program of study leading to a professional doctoral degree.
- Professional Doctoral Degree Program
- An integrated program of study combined with understanding of research literature to support application of knowledge to practice at the highest level, culminating in a project, portfolio, or performance that demonstrates expertise in professional practice. Students successfully completing a professional doctoral degree program are awarded the appropriate doctoral degree; professional doctoral degrees at Penn State include D.Ed., D.M.A., D.N.P., and Dr.P.H.
- Research Doctoral Degree Program
- An integrated program of study combined with investigation of a significant problem, question, or issue in the discipline, culminating in the completion of an original scholarly contribution (in the form of a dissertation) that expands the frontiers of knowledge. Students successfully completing a research doctoral degree program are awarded Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.
- All professional doctoral programs must contain a period of residence to ensure the acquisition of the full scope of knowledge, skills and professional attributes specific to their discipline.
- Typically, residence is satisfied by students being registered full-time and engaged in academic work at the Penn State campus offering the doctoral degree in the student’s graduate major program.
- Graduate Council must approve a non-standard residency requirement for a professional doctoral degree (as part of the degree program proposal).
See GCAC-213 Residency and Related Policies for Off-Campus Degree Programs for more information on the philosophy of residency.
Adapted from the Graduate Bulletin: June 2018