PhD program objectives

The doctoral program is a full-time course of study, typically four years post-baccalaureate. 

The doctoral degree program prepares students to:

  • conduct high quality research and disseminate it to scholarly and other audiences;
  • teach others, inside or outside the classroom;
  • engage in service and outreach that enhances scholarship and its public impact; and
  • excel in a variety of institutional settings, including universities, industry and government research labs, and think tanks.

To reach these objectives, students in the doctoral program work closely with one or more faculty members of the school and from their related fields of study. A student’s primary advisor is a key factor to success in graduate school. Members of the field preliminary and dissertation committees will also play important mentoring roles in a student’s academic progress.

Upon admission to the school, each PhD student is assigned a faculty advisor.  This faculty member will assist you in developing your first year of study. As you come to know the faculty better and your research interests crystallize, you may find another faculty member who would better serve that role. Any member of the UMSI governing faculty may serve as a student advisor, as long as the student and faculty member both agree.