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
|Research Methods I||3 credits|
|Intellectual History of Public Administration||3 credits|
Spring Year One
|Research Methods II||3 credits|
|Foundations of Policy Analysis and Management||3 credits|
Summer Year One
|Summer course and/or register for dissertation hours|
(dissertation hours will be incomplete until defense)
|3 or 6 credits|
Fall and Spring Year Two
|Ph.D. Research Seminar||3 credits|
Summer Year Two
|Register for Dissertation Hours||6 credits|