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A. Instructors and others contracted to prepare curriculum are to follow the guidelines in
Section 9.12, Definitions, for the preparation of course prospecti and course syllabi. The Dean
of the appropriate college has the responsibility to keep all graduate course prospecti and
course syllabi current.
B. Each program must have a research course addressing principles of design, primary sources,
data collection and analysis, and research ethics within the context of the program’s
discipline. The DPT program’s course will also address evidence-based practice.
C. Each program must have an ethics course addressing principles and standards for ethical
thinking and practice within the context of the program’s discipline and the Mission of the
University.
D. Each master’s program and the Doctorate programs must have a Capstone component
or an equivalent approved by the Graduate Policies Committee.
a. Doctoral Student Capstones (Special Projects and Dissertations) should be
planned, executed, and assessed within the parameters of the degree
offered. If unclear, reliance on the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)
codes can provide direction. A committee appointed by the Associate Vice
President for Graduate will review capstone topics.
b. Master Student Capstones (Thesis and Non-thesis) should be planned,
executed, and assessed within the parameters of the degree offered. If
unclear, reliance on the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes can
provide direction.

E. All substantive changes made to Graduate Core courses (research, ethics, and capstone)
must be approved by the Graduate School via Graduate Policies Committee.
F. The Written Comprehensive.
a. Ed.S. and Ed.D. students will take a written comprehensive examination (unless they
took it in the ED.S. program). Students completing the Ed.S. and the Ed.D. will take
one written comprehensive examination. (Students who take the Ed.S. will take the
written comprehensive examination and oral defense of the portfolio; students who
take the Ed.D. will take one written comprehensive, defense of the portfolio, and
defense of the dissertation.)
b. DPT students will take written and practical comprehensive examinations at the end
of the first and second years of their curriculum. Achieving a passing score is
necessary to progress to the second and third years of the curriculum respectively.
G. Each program must follow the Graduate Policies Committee Student Handbook guidelines.

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