Program of Study

All Public Policy PhD students must develop an official program of study and file it with the OSU Graduate School using the appropriate version of the Graduate School's Program of Study Form (see editable Word version below).

The contents of your program of study must fulfill all coursework and credit requirements of your program in a coherently sequenced way (see PhD Handbook). The Public Policy Graduate Director and your major professor can advise and assist you in preparing this document, but you are responsible for completing and filing it.

On the Graduate School's Program of Study form there is a box where you will be asked to indicate how you will meet their requirement that you have had ethical research training. Please indicate that you will be taking the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) by writing "CITI-RCR course" in that box and complete the free, online course at Your program of study will not be able to be submitted to the graduate school prior to completing this training. While the CITI-RCR training is relatively short, (a few hours) completion should be a high priority. Once you have completed the CITI-RCR training, print a copy of your Curriculum Completion Report and bring it to the Public Policy Graduate Director.

Example Public Policy PhD Program of Study (Word file): Example PhD Program of Study (Word)

PhD Program Meeting

After establishing your PhD committee and prior to the preliminary exam, you must convene a program meeting at which all committee members (including the GCR) are present. The purpose of this meeting is for you to present your program of study. At this meeting you will also present an approximate timeline for PhD requirement completion (preliminary exam and final oral exam) and, together with your committee, decide on a general research topic for your dissertation.

Approval process: You will present your program of study to your graduate committee at your PhD Program Meeting.

Filing deadline: Before completing 2 terms (if you already have a master's degree) or 5 terms (if you do not have a master's).