doctoral degrees

Program leading to doctoral designations provide in-depth study for exceptional students in all of the school's programs of study.  We offer programs leading to the following doctoral degrees:

Applicants for doctoral programs must meet the following requirements:

  • A complete SOPHAS application
  • Completion of the requirements for a master's degree or 30 graduate-level credits in a field related to the doctoral area of study. (The MPH, MSPH, or an equivalent degree is required to enter the DrPH program.)
  • Official transcripts of all baccalaureate and graduate coursework should be forwarded directly from each college or university to SOPHAS.
  • For students with a master's degree, a grade point average 9GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for graduate coursework is preferred. 
  • Official test scores (GRE, MCAT, OR GMAT as specified by the applicant's department) are required of all doctoral candidates.  A combined verbal and quantitative score of 1,200 or greater is preferred on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants from non-English-speaking nations with a minimum score of 570 on the paper-based test or 230 on the computer-based test or 88 on the Internet-based test
  • Written recommendations are required from three individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional performance  At least one recommendation must be from a person with an earned doctorate and preferably at one from outside Tulane University.
  • A written statement of career goals and objectives is required and should not exceed 1,500 words.

Please note that some departments have more stringent requirements than those shown above. 

All doctoral programs require a minimum of 72 credits.  The residency requirement for the doctoral degree consists of one full-time academic year devoted to graduate study, with a minimum of nine credits for each of the two semesters.  After completion of the residency and course requirements, students must take comprehensive examinations.  Students must then be registered for at least two credits in dissertation research for each following semester.

Students defend their prospectus prior to the initiation of research, when status is changed to doctoral candidate.  At the completion of an original research project, a written dissertation must be successfully defended for the award of doctoral degree.  Students register each semester until the degree is awarded.  Docotral degree requirements must be met within a seven-year time period. 



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