In general, full-time status in a fall or spring semester is achieved by enrolling for nine credit hours of coursework (not including Dissertation) and serving a research/teaching apprenticeship.

Once the comprehensive qualifying examinations have been passed and a student formally enters Ph.D. candidacy status, the department will no longer require full-time status.

However, students who wish to be certified as full-time must provide evidence that they are making substantial progress on their dissertations and that they are not employed more than half-time (i.e. equivalent to a graduate assistantship).

For more information about criteria for full-time status, see Syracuse University publication, Academic rules and regulations.

Fall Year One

Fall Year One
CoursesCredits
Research Methods I3 credits
Intellectual History of Public Administration3 credits
Elective3 credits

Spring Year One

Spring Year One
CoursesCredits
Research Methods II3 credits
Foundations of Policy Analysis and Management3 credits
Elective3 credits

Summer Year One

Summer Year One
CoursesCredits
Summer course and/or register for dissertation hours
(dissertation hours will be incomplete until defense)
3 or 6 credits

Fall and Spring Year Two

Fall and Spring Year Two
CoursesCredits
Ph.D. Research Seminar3 credits
Electives9-15 credits

Summer Year Two

Summer Year Two
CoursesCredits
Register for Dissertation Hours6 credits


  • No labels