The PhD program gives students the opportunity to achieve a high level of scholarly competence and to develop the capacity to contribute to the field. It consists of a set of required foundational courses, a cohesive collection of courses and other educational experiences oriented to a particular aspect of the field, candidacy examination, a dissertation, and a final oral examination. Students have five years to complete the PhD requirements after passing the candidacy examination. The program is an on campus, 80 semester hour program, 30 hours of which may be transferred from a student's master's degree.
The particular aspect of the field studied by PhD students is individualized and developed in consultation with a faculty advisor. It encompasses a reasonable breadth of study and knowledge of a specialty in the field. Students may specialize in Art Education, Cultural Policy and Arts Management or Museum Education and Administration. The program of study must be approved by the advisor and is subject to the rules of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate School.