Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
The Taos Institute Ph.D. Program is intended primarily for seasoned professionals who have already completed a Masters Degree. The program does not require a full-time commitment; it is anticipated that the participant would continue to carry on full-time employment at his/her current location. Optimally, participation in the program would make use of the participant's ongoing work experiences and contribute to a continuing enhancement of his/her work-place capabilities.The program of study, research, and writing is generally completed within a three year period. During these years the participant will work closely with a Faculty Advisor and University Promoter/Supervisor. A minimum of two years participation in the program is required. The advisor is typically a Board Member or an Associate of the Taos Institute. The Advisor and Student will also work with a Promoter/Supervisor from the matriculating University. Prior to embarking on the first year of study, students will connect with their potential advisor and promoter/supervisor to develop a mutually acceptable vision of the dissertation research.
In the first year of study, students will develop a full prospectus which includes a detailed draft of the first three chapters of the dissertation (introduction to the research topic, theoretical orientation/conceptual framework, review of literature, and methodology/procedure). At the end of the first year, this prospectus must be approved by the doctorate board of the matriculating university. In order to continue in the PhD program, the prospectus must be approved by the university. Students are strongly encouraged to attend Taos seminars where they will meet others in the program and have the opportunity to enrich their understanding of social constructionist theory, practice and research.
It should be noted that there are no formal courses or classes. The program is built on the European model that presumes a student entering with a Master’s degree has broad preparation to embark on a Ph.D. project. The Master’s coursework is the requisite coursework for the Ph.D. Thus, all study within the program will link existing knowledge bases to the individual's particular focus of study.The second and third years of study are focused on completing the research and writing the dissertation. The dissertation is the primary requirement for completing the degree. As the degree is formally granted by the participating University, a committee of the university will ultimately judge its adequacy. The concluding event in the program is an oral "defense" of the dissertation before this committee at the University. Defense participants are in full academic attire and the event is open to the family and friends of the candidate.There are two 6-month semesters each year. The Fall semester begins on September 1 and the Spring semester begins on March 1. New students are admitted once a year for the Fall semester only. Please review the application instructions regarding the deadline for all application information to be submitted for the admissions review. Application procedure and form - click here.Communication between students and advisors/promoters will take place primarily through the internet, telephone and the mail. However, it is anticipated and customary that the student will meet with the advisor and promoter at the beginning of the first year of the program, and, if possible, at least twice a year afterwards. For some students this may entail visits to the US, Canada, and/or Europe. Success in the program is vitally dependent on "self-starting" capacities of the student.To apply to participate in this Ph.D. program, please follow this time frame. Application deadlines are as follows:
For entry into the program, the online application must be submitted by February 15th along with all the supporting documents due by March 15th. Applicants will be notified between June 15th and July 15th regarding acceptance into the program. Application Procedure.
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