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Family and Consumer Economics, PhD Degree

Doctoral plans of study are formulated by the student in coordination with the student's major professor and/or the graduate committee.

PhD Plan of Study

Core Courses

CSR 60000 Introduction to Research in Consumer Science
CSR 63100 Consumer Behavior Theories
CSR 68100 Consumption Theory
CSR 68200 Analytical Tools for Consumer Economists
CSR 69500 Behavioral Research Methods
EDCI 58900 Special Topics for Teachers (must be taken by third semester)
CSR 69900 Dissertation Research (18-24 Credits)

6 credits of statistics or any 600-level econometrics beyond the master's degree

Electives

Suggested courses for primary or related areas of the plan of study.

See all course descriptions and information on the Schedule of Classes website.

PhD Degree Requirements

  • Dissertation
  • Preliminary Exams
  • Proposal Defense
  • Oral Presentation and Final Examination
  • All requirements of the Graduate School must be fulfilled.

Minimum requirements
60 credits beyond masters (per field option) that includes 18-24 dissertation hours (CSR 699)

Beginning the PhD with a non-Purdue master's degree

Plans of study should include 60 credit hours beyond master's and must include formal coursework and research credits. A master's degree transcript should be attached to the plan of study and MS courses should NOT be listed on the PhD plan of study. If courses on the PhD core have been taken previously or any deviation from the PhD core is requested, a letter of explanation (addressed to the Consumer Science Graduate Committee) should be attached.

Beginning the PhD with a Purdue master's degree

Continuing or returning Purdue graduate students must have a minimum of 90 credit hours from the beginning of their master's until the end of their PhD program. A master's degree transcript should be attached to the plan of study and MS courses should NOT be listed on the PhD plan of study. If courses on the PhD core have been taken previously or deviation from the PhD core is requested, a letter of explanation (addressed to the Consumer Science Graduate Committee) should be attached.

Preliminary Exams

When most or all of the formal coursework on the plan of study has been completed, preliminary examinations will be taken. The student and his/her committee should agree on the subject areas to be tested, the person(s) responsible for each area, the time frame, and date for the examination. The examination will test the student's competency in the major area, related areas, and research methods. (Forms must be filed three weeks prior to the examination date). In addition, you must be registered for the semester that you wish to take your prelims.

Upon passing the examination, the student is admitted to candidacy for purposes of conducting research for the doctoral dissertation. Each student is then expected to write a detailed research proposal that outlines and justifies the dissertation research. This proposal should be distributed to each committee member and later presented to the committee for further discussion and approval. (Our department does not require a form for this stage).

Dissertation Defense

Each doctoral candidate must pass a final oral examination after completion of his/her dissertation. (Forms must be filed three weeks prior to the examination date). The dissertation must be distributed to members of the committee at least two weeks prior to the exam. Upon completion, the student is expected to provide one bound copy of the dissertation for the department.

All PhD candidates must submit their dissertation via Electronic Thesis Deposit (ETD) at least 24 hours prior (48 hours strongly recommended) to their scheduled appointment. All required forms must be deposited at their mandatory, scheduled, final deposit appointment in the Thesis/Dissertation Office, room B-80, Young Hall (YONG). To request an appointment, please click here.