Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of the required 60 semester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Satisfaction of residency requirements for doctoral studies at Hofstra University.   
  • Successful completion of a Qualifying Examination.
  • Completion of a satisfactory Qualifying Paper Proposal and Qualifying Paper.
  • Completion of a satisfactory Dissertation Proposal and Dissertation.
  • Satisfactory performance in an Oral Examination administered following completion of the Dissertation.
  • Participation in colloquia and special events offered by the School of Education.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 each semester, receive no more than one course grade of B or lower per semester, and receive fewer than three B’s or lower for the duration of the program.  Failure to meet any of these requirements is grounds for dismissal from the program.
  • A grade of C or lower in any course is grounds for dismissal from the program.
  • Students are expected to behave in an ethical and professional manner according to the guidelines for student conduct and academic honesty at Hofstra University and the School of Education. Appropriate interpersonal behavior and professional performance at all times is expected. If a report is received concerning an ethics violation or an incident of inappropriate behavior as defined by the Judicial Code, established University procedures will be followed to investigate the issue and determine the course of action. 
  • All graduation requirements must be met within a ten-year period following initial matriculation into the program, inclusive of leaves of absence.  Students who must interrupt work toward the degree may request a leave of absence but must maintain matriculation (see Academic Policies and Procedures).

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