The candidate must employ a mentor. The mentor is to:
- Interact with the Dean or Associate Dean on behalf of the candidate;
- Assist the candidate in Research and Design I & II.
- Approve the candidate’s course content for Research and Design I & II.
- Assist and stimulate the candidate in the development of the capstone project or dissertation.
- Approve the final capstone project or dissertation draft submitted to the Dean or Associate Dean.
The candidate may select his or her mentor. If the candidate desires, a mentor will be assigned by the Dean or Associate Dean. If the mentor is selected by the candidate, the mentor’s curriculum vitae must be submitted to the Dean for approval. Mentors are required to have a relevant doctoral degree. The mentor should have the competency and motivation to assist the candidate in the completion of the capstone project or dissertation.
Mentors are compensated directly by the student. They are independent contractors and not employed by the University. Mentors will provide a CV/Resume to the Dean of the programme for approval as a suitable mentor for the student. Mentors, after conferring with their student, will submit a one or two-page summary describing the dissertation. The Dean or the Associate Dean of the appropriate program must approve the summary. There is a form to be signed by the mentor and Dean or the Associate Dean of the appropriate programme. There is an additional form to be signed by the student and Dean or Associate Dean. These forms are to protect the student, the mentor, and International University for Graduate Studies. The mentor will then help the student prepare a detailed outline including a bibliography and any other necessary materials. The bibliography with suggested modifications must be signed by the Dean or Associate Dean. The final dissertation, upon completion, will be presented to the Dean or Associate Dean for final approval.