Doctor of Philosophy in Individual Program of Study
Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP) – PH6942
Grosvenor Hall 102
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus
Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring
The Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP) provides a home for doctoral students seeking a degree which combines traditional academic disciplines to span multiple colleges. The ideal prospective student is an individual with demonstrated ability and intellectual maturity. Admission to the Graduate College as an IIP student demands, in part, that the applicant identify a minimum of two emphasis areas, each in a different graduate degree-granting department, school, or program, as well as having support from prospective faculty advisors in those areas.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to do the following at an expert level:
- Synthesize techniques, tools, or methods from two or more fields.
- Effectively communicate new ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
- Apply techniques, tools, or methods across two or more fields.
Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/individual-program-study
Students are strongly encouraged to contact the program director, Dr. Krisanna Machtmes (firstname.lastname@example.org), prior to beginning the application process.
Prospective students must provide:
- An earned advanced or professional degree from an accredited institution of higher education with at least a 3.25 graduate GPA.
- Transcripts of all previous degrees and all previous graduate work
- At least three letters of recommendation
- A 3-5 page project proposal that includes
- Tentative fields of study/areas of emphasis*, including proposed courses;
- Prospective guidance committee members;
- A statement of goals; and
- An explanation of why none of the related existing degrees meet the student’s educational and professional objectives, and the Project Proposal should be submitted with other documents in the online application.
- Letters of Recommendation
- At least three (3) letters of recommendation on academic preparation
- A letter of support provided by each of the Graduate Directors of the cooperating programs/departments/schools that will constitute the primary fields of study. The director should endorse the proposed courses in the degree proposal.
- A letter of support from each prospective Guidance Committee Member. These letters commit the faculty members to be the initial advisors of record for the applicant.
- A resume or CV
- Non-native speakers of English must submit official English Proficiency scores.
Additionally, prospective students should consult the website of the departments, schools, or programs that will serve as their emphasis areas and provide any additional materials (e.g., writing sample, additional letters of recommendation) required by those departments, schools, or programs.
Students whose native language is not English must meet the University English language proficiency requirements as stated in the Graduate Catalog.
*Any faculty members who qualify for graduate faculty status in their home college may serve on or chair an IIP committee. However, the primary support program for the student must offer a Ph.D.
For fall admission, complete applications must be submitted by April 15; for spring admission, complete applications must be submitted by November 15.
For student visa purposes, most IIP plans of study permit full-time residency in Athens. Check the desired course offerings in each emphasis area to be sure that they are not predominantly online.
The IIP Ph.D. requires a minimum of 90 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree (in most cases, 56 hours beyond the master’s degree). It also requires completion of an approved Plan of Study, which shall minimally include the following: