The Dissertation, Thesis and Mentor 2018-06-15T15:29:50+00:00

The Doctoral Project, Dissertation, and Mentor

The Doctoral Project (PsyD)  and the Doctoral Dissertation (PhD)

The doctoral project or dissertation is to be undertaken with the objective of enhancing the candidate’s professional and personal status, as well as contributing to the area of knowledge in which the candidate is concentrating. The doctoral project or dissertation may be a traditional research study, book, guide, video production, business plan, or any project that demonstrates quality graduate research.

IUGS advocates a project or dissertation which will benefit the candidate’s career path or the field in which the candidate is or plans to be involved.

(I) IUGS assessment criteria for projects and dissertations

A – An appropriate objective of the study.

B – The ability of the candidate to integrate the material to meet the objectives of the study.

C – The depth and quality of the primary and/or secondary research.

D – The extent and depth of the bibliography.

E – The integration of citations to support the quality of the study.

(II) The number of persons on a project or dissertation committee
Three members are on the dissertation committee, the Dean, the mentor and one faculty member.

(III) The numbers of readers for each project or dissertation
Three members or more are readers, the Dean, the mentor and one to three faculty members.

The Doctoral  Project, for the Doctor of Psychology, PsyD

The project and the required oral examination are constructed to test the candidate’s knowledge and competencies as a practitioner in his or her profession.

Step 1: The candidate must obtain a mentor. The mentor must possess a doctoral degree. The mentor is to assist the candidate in reaching the successful completion of the Project or Dissertation. The mentor must submit his or her vitae for the Dean’s approval and the mentor approval form must be sent by the student to the Dean for approval. Included in the approval form is a statement that the mentor has read all appropriate content on the website that is relevant to the beginning, middle and the end of the writing process. Obtain a mentor who has a relevant doctoral degree and can help you successfully complete your doctoral project. The mentor must submit his or her vitae for the Dean’s approval.  If you cannot identify an appropriate mentor, the Dean will identify one. The importance of the mentor cannot be over-stressed. The mentor’s relationship with you and their knowledge of the topic and research design are vital in producing a quality study. The mentor is to be the primary contact with the Dean as the project progresses. If the candidate does not have an appropriate mentor, the Dean will provide one. The importance of the mentor cannot be overemphasized. The mentor’s relationship to the candidate, the subject and the research are vital in expeditiously producing a quality paper. The mentor is to be the primary contact with the Dean as the Project or Dissertation progresses. The candidate and the mentor should develop a realistic timetable for completion of the outline and sections of the Project.

Step 2: The candidates will discuss with the Mentor,  Dean or Associate Dean their areas of interest. Books, journals and other material will be reviewed. The Project will be preceded by a preliminary and final outline. The final outline will be the basis for the written Project. For doctoral candidates, the completion of the outline will complete the coursework for Research and Design I, II. The candidate should discuss with the Dean, the potential subject(s). The student should then prepare a one-page outline, with an annotated bibliography and citations. Approval by the Mentor, the Dean or Associate Dean of the outline, subject, and general content is necessary.

Step 3:  Upon approval of the topic by the Mentor and Dean or Associate Dean, the candidate will submit a preliminary annotated outline and bibliography of four to five pages for the PsyD, Project. It is to be approved by the candidate and mentor, and signed and submitted to the Dean or Associate Dean for approval.

Step 4: The Doctoral Project final annotated outline and bibliography are typically between eight to eighteen double-spaced pages. The longer and more detailed the outline, the greater the opportunity for a completed quality Project.  The written annotated outline and bibliography should represent fifty to eighty-five percent of the total time of the undertaking. The annotation is a critical component of this outline. The Project is not primarily a writing endeavor, but rather one of research and structure.

Step 5: After the Mentor and Dean’s approval of the preliminary outlines, the primary interactions will be between the candidate and the mentor. The Dean is to be contacted only if major problems or questions arise. The mentor will provide quarterly updates on the candidate’s progress to the Dean.

The object of the course is to enhance the research and design abilities of the candidates. Both primary and secondary research techniques and competencies will be enhanced through the development of the project. The result of this research will be the foundation and the design of the Project to be approved by the Mentor, Dean or Associate Dean.

 

The Oral Examination for the Doctor of Psychology, PsyD

The doctoral candidate will present to the Mentor, Dean or Associate Dean approximately one hundred fifty pages of double-spaced research which includes a bibliography, charts, graphs, appendices or any material relevant to the research. After the research has been reviewed and accepted by the Mentor, Dean and Associate Dean the research will be the basis for the questions to be asked at the oral examination. The candidate will appear before a panel of experts, including the Dean and Associate Dean, for the project oral examination lasting one and one half to three hours. The University has determined that a superior approach to the traditional academic format is to have two or three candidates appear together. The result is a non-competitive atmosphere where examiners and candidates have the opportunity to exchange ideas and information. An environment eliminating the focus upon a sole candidate reduces stress and enables the examiners to better judge the qualifications of those seeking their degree.

The Doctoral Dissertation for the Doctor of Philosophy, PhD

The dissertation and the required oral defence are constructed to test the candidate’s knowledge and competencies as a researcher in his or her profession.

Step 1: The candidate must obtain a mentor. The mentor must possess a doctoral degree. The mentor is to assist the candidate in reaching the successful completion of the Dissertation. The mentor must submit his or her vitae for the Dean’s or Associate Dean’s approval and the mentor approval form must be sent by the student to the Dean. Included in the approval form is a statement that the mentor has read all appropriate content on the website that is relevant to the beginning, middle and the end of the writing process. Obtain a mentor who has a relevant doctoral degree and can help you successfully complete your doctoral dissertation. The importance of the mentor cannot be overemphasized. The mentor’s relationship with you and their knowledge of the topic and research design are vital in producing a quality study. The mentor is to be the primary contact with the Dean as the dissertation progresses. If the candidate does not have an appropriate mentor, the Dean will provide one. The mentor’s relationship to the candidate, the subject and the research are vital in expeditiously producing a quality paper. The mentor is to be the primary contact with the Dean or Associate Dean as the Dissertation progresses. The candidate and the mentor should develop a realistic timetable for the completion of the outline and sections of the Dissertation.

Step 2: The candidates will discuss with the Mentor,  Dean or Associate Dean their areas of interest. Books, journals and other material will be reviewed. The Dissertation will be preceded by a preliminary and final outline. The final outline will be the basis for the written Dissertation. For doctoral candidates, the completion of the outline will complete the coursework for Research and Design I, & II. The candidate should discuss with the Dean, the potential subject(s). The student should then prepare a one-page outline, with an annotated bibliography and citations. Approval by the Mentor, the Dean or Associate Dean of the outline, subject, and general content is necessary.

Step 3:  Upon approval of the topic by the Mentor and Dean or Associate Dean, the candidate will submit a preliminary annotated outline and bibliography of four to five pages for the Doctoral Dissertation. It is to be approved by the candidate and mentor, and signed and submitted to the Dean or Associate Dean for approval.

Step 4: The Doctoral Dissertation final annotated outline and bibliography are typically between eight to eighteen double-spaced pages. The longer and more detailed the outline, the greater the opportunity for a completed quality Dissertation.  The written annotated outline and bibliography should represent fifty to eighty-five percent of the total time of the undertaking. The annotation is a critical component of this outline. The Dissertation is not primarily a writing endeavor, but rather one of research and structure.

Step 5: After the Mentor and Dean or Associate Dean’s approval of the preliminary outlines, the primary interactions will be between the candidate and the mentor. The Dean is to be contacted only if major problems or questions arise. The mentor will provide quarterly updates on the candidate’s progress to the Dean or Associate Dean.

The object of the course is to enhance the research and design abilities of the candidates. Both primary and secondary research techniques and competencies will be enhanced through the development of Research & Design I & II.  The result of this research will be the foundation and the design of the Dissertation to be approved by the Mentor, Dean or Associate Dean.

The finished writing of the dissertation is typically 150 to 200 double-spaced pages which may include the bibliography, charts, graphs, appendices or any material relevant to the research. IUGS doctoral dissertations have varied in length between 117 and 380 double-spaced pages which included the bibliography, appendices, citations, and other relevant material. Each dissertation is unique and the length will depend upon the context of the problem, the research and design and the conclusion.

The Oral Dissertation Defence for the Doctor of Philosophy, PhD

The dissertation oral defence is divided into two parts. Part one lasts for approximately one hour. The candidate will summarize the dissertation. For the remaining time, the examiners will question the candidate on the research, the findings, the conclusion and any matters relevant to the dissertation. At the end of part one, the candidate will be requested to leave the room.

The examiners will discuss the quality of the candidate’s defence. The candidate will return to the room and be informed if he or she has passed. If there are further questions to be asked, the candidate will be required to take part two. If at the end of part II the candidate has not satisfied the examiners, he or she will have failed and must retake the oral defence at a later date.

PROJECT & DISSERTATION GUIDELINES

FINAL APPROVAL OF PROJECT OR DISSERTATION

The Mentor

The candidate must employ a mentor. The mentor is to:

1. Interact with the Dean or Associate Dean on behalf of the candidate;

2. Assist the candidate in Research and Design I & II.

3. Approve the candidate’s course content for Research and Design I & II.

4. Assist and stimulate the candidate in the development of the project or dissertation.

5. Approve the final 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 doctoral degree. The mentor should have the competency and motivation to assist the candidate in the completion of the project or dissertation.

GUIDELINES FOR MENTORS  – 2018

CANDIDATE-MENTOR AGREEMENT FORM

DEANS MENTOR APPROVAL FORM