Within 24 months of admission, a student chooses a research
adviser and forms a supervisory committee. In consultation with the research adviser
and other members of the proposed supervisory committee, the student prepares
a proposed Ph.D. plan of study, obtains all required signatures and submits the proposed
plan to the School of Graduate Studies for review and final approval by the
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Executive
Committee. This submission must occur
within 24 months of being admitted to the program.
In addition to any coursework completed prior to
admission that is being credited toward discipline-specific
requirements, the written Interdisciplinary Ph.D. plan of study
courses and other activities at UMKC that should normally be completed
approximately two years from the time the Ph.D. student is fully
statement about overall plans for study and research, and a list of the
proposed members of the supervisory committee.
The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Plan of Study Guidelines:
If modifications to discipline-specific requirements are made after the student is admitted, the student
has the option of proceeding under either the requirements in place at the time he or she entered the
Ph.D. program or the current requirements.
- The plan of study must include coursework from all the student's disciplines and must satisfy all of the applicable
discipline-specific core requirements.
- The plan of study must include at least 30 didactic hours
beyond the baccalaureate degree, exclusive of
thesis or dissertation research hours, in courses taken at UMKC or
courses taken at another institution and approved for transfer by the
student's supervisory committee.
- Didactic coursework on the plan of study will include a minimum of nine credit hours in a co-discipline area.
- No more than 60 percent of the total coursework taken at UMKC and listed
on the plan of study, exclusive of thesis or dissertation research hours,
will be in any one discipline.
- All plans of study must include a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation
research (5696-5699) credit.
- At least two-thirds of the total courses included on the plan
of study must be numbered 5500 or above if taken at UMKC, or, if taken
from an institution with a course-numbering system that differs from
UMKC's, they must be courses intended primarily for graduate students.
- UMKC courses at the 100 and 200 levels, and courses with equivalent lower-division numbers taken at another
institution, are not available for graduate credit and may not be applied toward the hours required for the
degree nor included in the discipline percentages.
- At least 75 percent of the coursework on the plan, exclusive of
dissertation credits, must be in disciplines certified as eligible to
participate in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.
- Students' needs will be examined on a case-by-case basis by their supervisory committees, and
appropriate language or related research skill requirements will be
incorporated into each student's plan of study.
- The plan of study will include a brief description of the
course focus and the name of the supervising professor for any
independent study courses listed.
- The plan of study will specify which courses are being used to satisfy the residency requirement.
- The plan of study will outline the comprehensive examination expectations.
- The plan of study will include a preliminary research proposal
for the dissertation research, including key bibliographic references.
Plan of Study Approval Process
Once the supervisory committee members and student have agreed on and signed the plan of study,
appropriate academic officers corresponding to the student's choice of
disciplines [dean(s) or program director(s), department
chair(s), division head(s), etc.], must then review and certify by signature that the courses and all
other resources are currently available at UMKC and in the respective units for
the student to initiate the plan of study. The student then submits the certified plan of
study to the dean of the School of Graduate Studies for
review and approval by the appropriate subcommittees of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Executive
The subcommittees of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D.
Executive Committee will accept Ph.D. plan of study proposals for
review only if:
The appropriate Interdisciplinary Ph.D. executive
committee subcommittees will review the
certified plan of study within 60 calendar days and will either
the dean of the School of Graduate Studies approval of the plan as
presented or will return the plan to the student with recommendations
for modification. Once the proposed plan of study and supervisory
committee are approved by the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. executive
committee, the dean of the School of Graduate Studies will confirm the
appointment of those doctoral-faculty members who will serve as the
student's supervisory committee and file the plan with the registrar.
further modifications of the plan of study must be made in consultation
the student's supervisory committee and major modifications must be
approved by the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Executive Committee.
- The Ph.D. coursework falls within the guidelines outlined above.
- The student will enroll at UMKC for dissertation credit under the
supervision of a UMKC member of the UM doctoral faculty.
- The plan includes written assurance from the appropriate academic
- adequate faculty, laboratories, library support and all other
necessary resources are presently available at UMKC to support the proposed
Ph.D. plan of study, and
- the courses included in the plan are either presently
available at UMKC or can be taken by the student as a visiting student
in a time period less than that required to satisfy the residency requirements
on the other campus.