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DEGREE REQUIREMENTS | COURSE DESCRIPTIONS | ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Earn A Doctorate in Community Engagement 

Devoted to theory, research and practice, the Ph.D. program prepares students to identify, analyze and interpret the essential elements of community engagement. The 54-credit Ph.D. program schedule is organized into four blocks of study:

The Ph.D. program is comprised of four blocks of study:

  • Block 1: Community Engagement core (15 credit hours);
  • Block 2: Research and Practicum core (18 credit hours);
  • Block 3: Proseminars/Electives (choose 6 credit hours) and;
  • Block 4: Dissertation core (15 credit hours).

Below is a course sequence to complete the Ph.D. program in three years (two years of coursework plus the dissertation):

Year One (18 credits)

Semester Course On-Ground Students Low-Residency Students
Fall 1 Seminar in Community Engagement One-day retreat in August TBA; One night per week for eight weeks. Four-day residency at Point Park in August; One online course for eight weeks.
Fall 2 Quantitative Research Methods I (same) (same)
Spring 1 Quantitative Research Methods II (same) (same)
Spring 2 Public Policy, Advocacy and Social Change (same) (same)
Summer I Psycho/Social Community Behavior (same) (same)
Summer 2 Proseminar I or Community Engagement Practicum Varies Varies


Year Two (18 credits)

Semester Course On-Ground Students Low-Residency Students
Fall 1 Qualitative Research Methods I One-day retreat in August TBA; One night per week for eight weeks. Four-day residency at Point Park in August; One online course for eight weeks.
Fall 2 Qualitative Research Methods II (same) (same)
Spring 1 Theoretical Perspectives in Community Engagement (same) (same)
Spring 2 Leadership, Ethics & Social Responsibility (same) (same)
Summer 1 Program Design, Implementation & Evaluation (same) (same)
Summer 2 Proseminar I or Community Engagement Practicum (varies) (varies)


Year Three (18 credits)

Semester Course On-Ground Students Low-Residency Students
Fall 1 Proseminar II One-day retreat in August TBA; One night per week for eight weeks. Four-day residency at Point Park in August; One online course for eight weeks.
Fall 2 Dissertation Seminar Independent study with dissertation chair. Independent study with dissertation chair.
Spring 1 Dissertation Writing I (same) (same)
Spring 2 Dissertation Writing II (same) (same)
Summer 1 Dissertation Writing III (same) (same)
Summer 2 Dissertation Writing IV (same) (same)