|How is student advising done in an interdisciplinary setting?
|All LLC students are assigned a program advisor upon admittance in the program. This advisor is an LLC faculty member. It is the responsibility of the student to identify and ask a UMBC faculty member to be their dissertation advisor, based on their research. This typically occurs after the first or second year.
|How many credit hours must students in the LLC Program complete?
|The LLC Program requires a minimum of 57 credits (billed for 41 of these). See Course Progression Outline for details.
|How long will it take to get my Ph.D.?
|Students can earn their degree in four years but many do not. We accept part-time and full-time students.
|Is there a maximum allowable time to complete my Ph.D.?
|A student must be admitted to candidacy within 5 years after admission. After candidacy is achieved, students have 4 years to complete their research, dissertation, and final oral examination. See Student Progression Diagram.
|Are leave of absences allowed?
|Yes. A student should work with their program advisor and research advisor if they will be unable to register for classes during a fall or spring semester. After 2 consecutive semesters of leave, a student is automatically dismissed.
|Can a student begin coursework in the spring or summer?
|Admitted students should begin in the fall with LLC 700. Non-degree seeking students may begin at any time.
|Does the program offer online or hybrid courses?
|There are some LLC courses offered as hybrids and there are courses offered through affiliated departments that may be taken online or as hybrids.
|Can I take any courses from other USM institutions?
|With prior approval from your program advisor, it is possible to take classes at other USM institutions and apply them to your LLC Ph.D.
|Can my dissertation be on an applied subject, for example, the design and execution of a new community program?
|Absolutely, but each student’s program of study must have a solid theoretical foundation and rigorous research focus.