NCU Catalog - October 2018 
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NCU Catalog - October 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dissertation Completion Pathway


The vision for the Dissertation Completion Pathway is to provide “all-but-dissertation” or ABD students a structured approach for completing their dissertation and help them achieve their academic goals in obtaining their doctorate. This pathway provides a student-centered, high touch, and structured pathway that recognizes past academic coursework while providing the student with the preparation and guidance to earn their doctoral degree.

Basis for Admissions

  • Achieved doctoral candidacy from a regionally-accredited institution for a degree program and specialization offered by NCU (excluding PhD MFT, DMFT, and DHA).
  • 7 year maximum for block transfer of credits into an existing NCU degree program (from official transcripts)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous doctoral program coursework
  • Complete NCU Dissertation Completion Application with required documents
  • Cannot be academically dismissed from previous doctoral program
  • Must complete a phone or video interview with assigned NCU committee
  • Completion of a memorandum of understanding and statement of intent

General Pathway Requirements

  • The DCP requires a minimum of 23 semester credit hours
  • Grade Point Average of “B,” 3.0, or higher
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission
  • All financial obligations to the University paid in full

DCP Course Sequence

**In addition to the required dissertation sequence of courses (DIS-9901X – DIS-9904X) with a minimum of 12-credit hours for dissertation coursework.