Establishing a PhD Minor

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With supervisory committee’s approval, Rehabilitation Science PhD students may choose one or more minor fields. Minor work must be in an academic unit other than the major. If an academic unit contributes more than one course (as specified in the curriculum inventory and/or the Graduate Catalog) to the major, the student is not eligible to earn a minor from the contributing academic unit. A 3.00 (truncated) GPA is required for minor credit.

If a minor is chosen, the supervisory committee includes at least one Graduate Faculty member representing the student’s minor. If the student elects more than one minor, each minor area must be represented on the supervisory committee. Therefore, committees for students with two minors must have a minimum of five members.

The supervisory committee member representing the minor suggests 12 to 24 credits of courses numbered 5000 or higher as preparation for a qualifying examination. If two minors are chosen, each must include at least eight credits. This course selection must also be approved by the primary mentor.

Competency in the minor is demonstrated by written examination by the minor academic unit, or by the oral qualifying examination.

Rehabilitation Science students who wish to declare a minor must complete the Rehabilitation Science Minor Form and return it to the program coordinator. Minors must be established prior to the qualifying examination.