Through the UM cooperative doctoral program, graduate faculty members who
hold membership in the doctoral faculty of the University of Missouri are
eligible to serve as directors of doctoral
dissertations on their resident campus, as well as on any of the other three
campuses offering a doctoral degree in the doctoral-faculty member's academic
field. Students who want to pursue doctoral degree programs in conjunction
with one of the other three campuses of the University of Missouri may do so
in accordance with the guidelines listed below. The registrars at UMC, UMR,
or UMSL can provide information on admission procedures for the doctoral
programs on their respective campuses. The cooperative program is
particularly appropriate for students seeking a doctoral degree that is not
offered at the campus where they currently are enrolled. Direct specific
inquiries regarding participation by doctoral faculty on the UMKC campus
to the dean or chairperson of the UMKC academic unit offering a graduate
program in the desired field of study.
In the following guidelines, the terms primary campus, graduate school
or dean refer to that granting the degree.
- Students must be accepted by the department or area granting the
degree and must comply with all the rules of the primary graduate school and
- The dissertation adviser must be a member of the doctoral faculty
of the University.
- Advisory/supervisory committees, comprehensive committees and
oral committees, as required, will be appointed by the primary graduate
dean in consultation with the graduate dean on the participating
campus, drawing on faculty on both the cooperating and primary campus:
- The makeup of each committee normally will be recommended by the major
adviser with the approval of the appropriate director of graduate
studies/department chair/divisional dean as per normal campus procedures.
- In cases where students are on a cooperating campus:
- The adviser/supervisory committee chair may or may not be on the
same campus. If that person is on the cooperating campus, at least
three of the five members of the committee will be from the primary
- Students must complete the residency requirement on the
Exceptions to this ruling must be justified fully with emphasis on
quality and cost considerations and must have the approval of the
primary graduate dean.
- Selection of the cooperating departments and preparation of
a program must be completed at the earliest possible moment and
via the primary graduate dean to the participants involved. Both
graduate deans will maintain program files relative to students.
deans are responsible for the quality of that portion of the
cooperative program that is performed on their campus and under the
jurisdiction of their
- Reporting of the degree shall be the responsibility of the
primary campus. The cooperating campus shall be given credit in terms
student credit hours and/or dissertation credits for the work completed
on that campus and shall provide suitable recognition of dissertation
advisers and the committee members.