Program Structure

Duration

Doctoral students can move through the San José Gateway PhD program on a part-time basis. The expected duration for completing the part-time PhD program is six years, including 24 months of provisional registration. However, the doctoral program is flexible and can be completed in a minimum of 48 months and a maximum of 96 months, including 24 months of provisional registration. Assessment for the doctoral award is based on a program of supervised research and investigation, culminating in a dissertation.

Residencies

There is one required in-person residency per year – one week at San José State University in San José, California, at the beginning of August. Students are also required to attend a virtual residency in late winter in addition to monthly virtual meetings. These are the known dates (subject to change):

  • 2017 July 31-August 4 (San José, California)

Supervision

The Principal Supervisor will be a senior faculty member from QUT. The Associate Supervisor (and primary content supervisor) will be a faculty member from San José State University who has been accredited by QUT for doctoral supervision. Those San José State University faculty acting as QUT associate supervisors for the San José State University cohort are noted on this website under Faculty Specializations.

A second associate supervisor will be named by QUT. This second associate could be a faculty member from San José State University or QUT or elsewhere.

QUT senior faculty and faculty from major research institutions (e.g., Arizona, Syracuse, Toronto, UNC-Chapel Hill, UT–Austin) worked closely with San José State University faculty to develop a model that ensures quality control and appropriate mentoring in the early years of doctoral supervision in this unique international collaboration.

Initial Research Proposal

Prospective students for the San José State University cohort will review the list of San José State University  faculty accredited as QUT supervisors. The applicant will submit a brief statement of research interest to a San José State University faculty member in his or her area of interest for review and endorsement.

This endorsement constitutes an agreement by the faculty member to act as the San José State University supervisor.

Students will not be admitted without a designated San José State University supervisor. Upon endorsement by a San José State University faculty member, the San José Gateway PhD program coordinator will review the endorsement and will inform the applicant to proceed with formal application to QUT.

Program Structure and Deliverables

The San José State University cohort includes required expectations in support of the conduct of research and preparation of the dissertation. Each year is structured as follows:

Year One

Seminars, reading courses, and projects, including advanced research methods and socialization to the academic world of research and scholarship

Deliverables:

  • Formal review at four months (December)
  • Preliminary proposal
  • Literature review
  • Formal annual review

Year Two

Seminars, reading courses and projects, including public presentations and defense, work-in-progress and doctoral poster sessions and continued structured socialization to the academic world of research and scholarship

Deliverables:

  • Refined research proposal with literature review and methodology
  • Formal annual review

The confirmation of candidature takes place at the end of 24 months, or the end of Year Two. This requires documentation of progress, and at a minimum, the literature review and a seminar presentation on the topic proposed for investigation. The first three chapters for the dissertation (e.g., introduction, literature review, methodology and pilot, and plan for progress) may be presented at this time or at the end of Year Three. Confirmation of candidature typically takes place in San José, California, in August and results in confirmation as a PhD student at Queensland University of Technology.

Year Three

Seminars in which faculty and candidates present critical studies of selected problems, independent study or reading courses under faculty supervision; research projects conducted under faculty supervision with greater focus on the dissertation topic, and research fora will model the dissertation defense

By the end of Year Three the candidate will have submitted at least one substantive research project for review.

Years Four to Six

Seminars in which faculty and candidates present critical studies of selected problems, independent study or reading courses under faculty supervision, and research projects conducted under faculty supervision.

It is expected that San José State University faculty and doctoral candidates will engage in collaborative research, from grant preparation to publication, over the program duration. 

The student orientation will be held in August in San José, California. Students will then meet once each year in August at San José State University for one week.

You get to dive into research right away and learn from your fellow PhD students. – San José Gateway PhD graduate