Successful completion of the doctoral program includes:

  • Completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours of doctoral coursework in the Dominican University School of Information Studies (SOIS) program;
  • Passing the qualifying field exam;
  • Completion of at least 6 credit hours of LIS 999: Dissertation;
  • Satisfactory completion and defense of a dissertation proposal and dissertation;
  • A minimum grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Continuous enrollment in the degree program;
  • Completion of the degree program within three years* and;
  • Filing an Application for Graduation by the filing deadline with the Office of the Registrar the semester before the anticipated graduation date.

*The program is a three-year program requiring continuous enrollment in fall, spring and summer semesters for two years of coursework, with a dissertation work in the third year. If a student needs to extend beyond the 3 years, he/she may repeat the dissertation course for a period not to exceed an additional two years.