- 90 credits beyond a baccalaureate degree. With approval of the Aerospace Sciences Ph.D. Program and the UND Graduate School, up to 30 credits from a master’s degree from an accredited institution can be applied toward the requirements of the doctoral degree.
- Successful completion of 60 semester credits beyond the master’s degree
- Successful completion of qualifying exam prior to advancement to candidacy
- 12 to 18 semester credits of dissertation (Avit 999 or SpSt 999) and successful defense of the dissertation
- Required core courses Avit 501, SpSt 501, Avit 521 and Avit/SpSt 590
- Six to 12 semester credits of Scholarly Tools beyond the Master’s degree requirements
- Remaining coursework from Aviation/Space Studies or other UND approved Graduate Courses
- Residency requirement: as determined by student’s advisor and/or committee, at a minimum the student will be required to be on campus for one week per year.
The required core courses, in addition to the Scholarly Tools component, are four. These courses may have been part of the student’s MS program and cannot be counted twice.
- Avit 501: General issues in Aviation/Aerospace
- SpSt 501 – Survey of Space Studies I
- Avit 521 – Ethics in Aerospace
- Avit/SpSt 590 – Aviation Seminar/Space Studies Colloquium (2 semesters, 2-4 credits total)
Scholarly Tools requirement is 6 to 12 semester credits, to be determined by the student’s advisor and/or committee, from the courses listed below. These courses are in addition to what may transfer as part of the student’s Master’s degree program. Therefore, a minimum of six credits will be required as part of the PhD program.
- Avit 503 (or equivalent): Statistics
- Avit 504: Research Methods
- SpSt 504: Research Methods in Space Studies
- Avit 505: Qualitative Research Methods
- Avit 506: Quantitative Research Methods
- Avit 507: Advanced Research Methods