Phase 4: Doctoral Comprehensive Review Upon satisfactory completion of the doctoral research tutorials, the participant will be authorized to schedule the comprehensive review.The senior member of the doctoral committee will direct the written and oral components of the review.Degree Requirements Phase 1: Dissertation Tutorial I - Basic Research Methods Phase 2: Dissertation Tutorial II - Literature Review Phase 3: Dissertation Tutorial III - Research Presentation Phase 4: Doctoral Comprehensive Review Phase 5: Dissertation Proposal Process Phase 6: Conduct of Dissertation Project Phase 7: Oral Review of Dissertation Phase 1: Basic Research Methods The first tutorial instructs the participant in foundational theories, principles, and practices specific to the proposed dissertation research, thus clarifying the underlying principles and justifications that support the proposed concept for research.
Phase 4: Doctoral Comprehensive Review Upon satisfactory completion of the doctoral research tutorials, the participant will be authorized to schedule the comprehensive review.
Participants must pass a quality review examination conducted by the graduate committee, and if deemed essential, complete additional research methodology coursework to satisfy preparation requirements.
Return to Top Phase 2: Literature Review This second research tutorial is designed to guide the participant in conducting a thorough and effective search of the scholarly literature in relation to a project of research.
As a minimum degree requirement, doctoral participants must maintain enrollment at Akamai University for at least one and one-half calendar years.
Although a maximum period of six years is allowed to complete the program, most doctoral participants are fully capable of finishing their programs within three years.
Proper referencing of the scholarly literature is expected.
The oral component of the review shall be completed by conference between the participant and committee members and is intended to encourage an open discussion of the written essay responses.The oral review is carried out by personal conference and is designed to allow detailed investigation of the underlying review of the literature, the dissertation methodology, and the mechanics of the project, presentation of the findings, and conclusions and recommendations.One outcome of the dissertation review process is a set of final expectations directing the participant through the remaining tasks for completing the dissertation manuscript.The written portion is open book style with selected essay questions requesting creative responses that reach for the higher levels of understanding.Answers should be drawn from the scholarly literature as well as applications within the professional business environment.Phase 6: Conduct of Dissertation Project Following approval of the dissertation proposal, participants will begin their research project.The dissertation may take the form of a traditional research project or it may be a major scholarly project of the type appropriate to the discipline.The doctoral research tutorials are intended to assure the participants have the skills and knowledge to examine the existing scholarly literature, design an effective advanced research study, carry out the project, analyze the data and present the findings in a publishable quality manuscript.The comprehensive review includes written and oral components that permit faculty to determine if the participant has sufficient preparation to proceed to the research phase of the program.Return to Top Phase 5: Dissertation Proposal Process During this phase of the process, participants prepare a formal proposal related to their concept for research.The proposal is completed under the direction of the doctoral committee and prepared according to published University guidelines, which shall be provided to the participant.