The Ph.D. program is comprised of four blocks of study:
- Block 1: Community Engagement core (18 credit hours taken at the start of the program);
- Block 2: Research and Practicum core (12 credit hours);
- Block 3: Proseminars/Electives (choose 12 credit hours, taken during the summers. Up to 12 credits may be transferred into this block pending approval of the program director.); and
- Block 4: Dissertation & Collaborative Community Engagement Report (12 credit hours).
Fall 2018 tuition rate: The cost per credit in the Ph.D. in community engagement program is $880 ($855 tuition + $25 technology fee)
The following options can help you afford your Ph.D.:
Learn more about tuition and fees.
* With its already affordable cost, the Ph.D. program is not eligible for tuition discount programs.
Other key benefits of the program include:
- Option to transfer in up to 12 post-master's degree credits
- A mentor-led practicum experience completing a community engagement project
- An integrated community engagement report where students form a collective report based on their individual dissertations
- Courses based on interdisciplinary framework
- Opportunities for networking, professional research projects and presentations
- Feedback provided by faculty throughout the dissertation process
Upon completion of your Ph.D. in community engagement, you will be able to:
- Analyze the connections among the sectors of society from both a theoretical and practical perspective.
- Explore sociological, business, communication and environmental factors that contribute to a community's success.
- Understand the differences between private, public, and non-profit organizational systems and the way they relate to one another.
- Apply ethical leadership principles to community-based issues.
- Develop and evaluate programs for use in business, government or non-profit sectors.
- Demonstrate the ability to utilize advocacy and public policy to bring about social change.
- Demonstrate the ability to form innovate solutions to social problems.
- Illustrate the role of research in guiding change and progress and utilize theory and research.
- Lead the development of collaborative relationships between civic, business and non-profit entities in order to create a more socially just, equitable and dynamic world.
Take a look at our three-year program schedule. Courses in the Ph.D. program run year-round and are divided into eight-week sessions. Students will typically take one course each eight weeks, earning you 15-21 credits per year for a total of 54 credits.
Most courses are offered in the evening, allowing working professionals to balance family, personal and career commitments while finishing all required courses - as well as a dissertation - in two to three years, depending on transfer credit.
Residency is met by completing three consecutive semesters of study in the program with a minimum of six hours of course work per semester. Summer, fall and spring semesters are counted toward residency.