Research Competencies for Doctoral Students

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PhD students must possess the following research competencies in order to complete the dissertation and proceed toward a program of research:

  • Synthesize the literature in a focused area.
  • Develop a problem statement and purpose in a focused area of inquiry.
  • Evaluate theoretical/conceptual frameworks for applicability in designing a study.
  • Identify and critique research methods for appropriateness in a given study.
  • Utilize a research design that is consistent with the problem statement, purpose, and theoretical/conceptual framework.
  • Identify, critique, and apply strategies for conceptualizing and/or operationalizing research variables.
  • Write a research grant proposal.
  • Use sound and consistent methods to ethically conduct data gathering activities.
  • Ethically conduct research and adhere to standards of scientific integrity.
  • Develop a systematic approach to data management including data entry, cleaning, tracking, and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Utilize appropriate data analysis techniques consistent with the purpose and design of a study.
  • Interpret and synthesize the findings in light of the existing literature and theoretical framework, and identify relevance for practice and future research.
  • Disseminate papers through selected peer-reviewed outlets including abstracts, presentations, and publications.