I have to take three courses in each field if
I have had previous course work, even undergraduate preparation,
in one or
more concentration fields?
No. The Graduate Studies in Political Science
Statement allows doctoral committees to make appropriate
adjustments to various program requirements. Changes should be
consistent with the spirit of the program and need the approval of the
Graduate Programs Director. Exceptions should be spelled out in
section D of the Ph.D. Advisory Worksheet.
have previously taken methods courses. Must I
complete the full range of required tool courses?
committee has the option of exploring
other possible means of satisfying the language and research tool
other than those outlined above. Exceptions to the proficiency in
methods must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.
quantitative or qualitative courses are
acceptable to meet the tool requirement?
programs office maintains a list of
both quantitative and qualitative research tools from departments other
political science. As with other questions, students can learn much by
other doctoral students about their experiences with tool courses.
When should I begin my
quantitative methods sequence in the department?
beginning graduate students should
plan on starting the department's quantitative methods sequence in
the fall of
their first year. Ordinarily, PSC 5913 (introductory methods) is
offered in the
fall and PSC 5933 (intermediate methods) in the spring.
tool courses count as part of the 90 hour
total for the Ph.D.?
have a master's degree from another
institution. How much credit from the masters may I receive toward the
How much will it reduce the coursework I must take?
The Graduate College counts up to
44 credit hours of a master's degree
(completed at any time) toward the total of 90 hours required for
However, the student's advisory committee must decide just how much of
master's work fits into the program of doctoral study. Presumably,
previous graduate coursework parallels courses offered in our
committees should be sympathetic to counting that work in lieu of
from this department. Still, if a student has an MPA degree from
institution, for example, the committee may want the doctoral
student to take
at least some coursework from OU public administration faculty.
I take general examinations during a
semester when I'm still taking course work?
Yes, with the
permission of your committee.
Ordinarily, students should not plan on taking exams if they have field
or more than one distribution course left to complete.
I take general examinations if I have not
completed my tool requirements?
No. The Graduate
College requires the student to complete all tool requirements
before it will give permission for the student to take general exams.
all my committee be present for the Ph.D.
oral general exam?
Yes, all five
members must be physically
it possible for me to get a master's degree
while I'm in the doctoral program?
are two ways to obtain a master’s
degree while you're in the doctoral program. Any time you complete all
requirements for the MA or MPA (including research paper or thesis and
Exam), you can apply for the master's degree (fee required).
Change of Major must be submitted to the Graduate College for earning
the MPA. Or, after successfully
general examination, a doctoral
student can apply for the master's degree only in political science
The student still must meet all the requirements for the MA. Under this second arrangement, the student is
not required to pass the MA Comprehensive Exam.
dissertation research involves data from
sources that should be exempt from full board review by the
Board (IRB). Do I still need IRB approval?
some data may be exempt from IRB oversight, official determination must
be made by the IRB. A copy of IRB approval must be attached to a
student’s Request for Authority for Defense of Dissertation when the
dissertation reading copy is submitted to the Graduate College. Do not
wait until you are ready to defend to obtain IRB approval. Doing so
will delay your defense significantly. For a full description of the
university’s research policies and procedures and appropriate forms,