Collaborative PhD Programs

The Collaborative Doctorate is designed for mid-career engineers, executives, scientists, military personnel, and educators who want to pursue a PhD while continuing full-time employment.

This program integrates independent study and an array of alternate educational deliveries with conventional classroom sessions to meet the specific needs of both employee and employer.

Students must be recommended by employers who also must commit to a proposed area of research in concert with the dissertation committee.

In addition, the employer must suggest a researcher to serve on the student's Ph.D. dissertation committee. Concerns about patent and copyright issues are resolved prior to the start of the dissertation research.

To participate in this program, candidates must have been employed in their specified field for at least five years. Prior work-related research activity, publications, and honors will also be considered in evaluating prospective participants.

For more information about the program, contact the Associate Provost of Graduate Studies.