The Thesis is a treatise that represents the fulfillment of the scholarly aspiration of the student. A good thesis should be clear and unambiguous and have a logical structure that should assist the reader’s understanding of the argument being presented and not obscure it. In order to achieve this objective, the layout and physical appearance of the thesis should conform to a set pattern. The purpose of this handbook is to outline the guidelines that a Ph.D. thesis submitted to the Institute should adhere to. This manual provides an overview of the format for the preparation of the Ph.D. dissertation and guidelines for the submission of the thesis. For details regarding the Ph.D. program, the students are advised to consult the Ph.D. manual available at the website: http://www.accord.edu.so We encourage the students and the faculty members to give their valuable suggestions, which will help us in updating the handbook every year.
• On completion of the research work, the Ph.D. The thesis is prepared according to the format provided. • The students are advised to strictly adhere to the format. • The Thesis submitted after June 1, 2024, and not conforming to the prescribed format will be sent back to the student for revision and resubmission, thereby causing unnecessary delays. • Four copies of the Synopsis should be submitted three months prior to the submission of the Thesis. • The length of the Thesis should preferably be restricted to 250-300 printed pages. • The students are advised to restrict the total number of References to less than 200. • Four softbound copies of the thesis have to be submitted for evaluation. • If the Thesis is declared eligible for award of the Ph.D. degree, two hardbound copies of the thesis have to be submitted to the Academic Division within one month of the viva-voce examination, after incorporating the corrections suggested by the examiners. • The Guide and Co-guides have to be given a final copy of the Thesis. • A final copy of the thesis should also be given to the Institute Library.
A Ph.D. degree is a research degree that requires a student to produce original scholarship in the field of study. In most cases, this includes publishing a dissertation, which is a written summary of an original body of research. Once a student successfully completes their doctoral work, they receive the title of "Doctor" and are awarded a formal document called a Ph.D. diploma or doctorate.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is intended to prepare students for an academic career and research and or teaching. The Ph.D. program requires a 48-credit master’s degree or equivalent upon entry and publication upon graduation.
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
Total of 84 credits consisting of 18 credits of course work and 66 credits dissertation credits
Complete a minimum of 18 credits coursework and maintain a GPA of not less than 3.50 (usually within the first year; i.e., 2 semesters (5 terms).
For Accord master graduate, this may include up to 6 credits of special study.
For non-Accord master graduates, the 18 credits should all be courses.
Complete a doctoral dissertation (66 credits)
Once you have completed all of the course and dissertation credit
requirements, you will no longer need to register. You
will need to enroll, however,
each term until you graduate.
Defend the dissertation at an oral examination.
Obtain a satisfactory evaluation of the dissertation from the External Examiner.
Have at least one scientific paper based on the dissertation published in or accepted by an international refereed journal where the student is the first author before the final examination.
Ph.D. Program Committee
The chairperson (supervisor) will work with the student to form the student’s Ph.D. research committee within the first 5 terms.
The committee should consist of a minimum of three members, including the supervisor, who will be its chairperson. One member should be from outside the academic program or school. In cases in which the committee is comprised of two co-chairpersons, the committee should have at least two additional committee members.
Advancement to Candidacy (the dissertation proposal) shall include:
Usually 3 or 4 chapters (depends on the topic):
CH 1: Introduction
CH2: A literature review (usually from your SS report)
CH3: Research model and hypothesis (if your study needs). This sometimes is part of CH2 (depends on the topic, the student and his/her supervisor, etc.)
CH4: Research methodology
Ph.D. Study Schedule (Timetable):
By the end of the 7th term, students pass their advancement to candidacy (ATC) exam. The ATC exam is basically a Ph.D. research proposal defense (a qualifying examination conducted by the PhD student program committee). Students cannot take their ATC exam unless they finish their 18 credits of coursework with a cGPA of not less than 3.50. The ATC exam should be on:
Full-time – 7th term
Non-resident – 10th term
Part-time – 15th term
In the 8th term (full-time), students start their dissertation research
If the student did not pass his/her ATC exam, the student will be put on probation (automatic). Two consecutive probations will mean dismissal.
Starting from the 8th term, students have to submit a progress report to the committee, which will be forwarded twice a year (One by April and another by November).
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is intended to prepare students for an academic career and research and/or teaching. The Ph.D. program requires a 48-credit Master’s degree or equivalent upon entry and publication upon graduation.
To be eligible for admission to the regular Ph.D. program, an applicant must:
Have strong academic records (both undergraduate and graduate) and normally hold a four-year bachelor’s degree, and a Master’s degree, preferably with a combination of course and thesis work, from an institution of good standing, acceptable to AU. The minimum cumulative Grade Points Average (cGPA) requirement for admission to the doctoral program is 3.50 or equivalent at the master’s degree level.
Submit a brief outline of the dissertation research proposal including the required research facilities, if necessary.
For applicants with cGPA at the master’s degree level of less than 3.50, the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Program
Full-time CAS students completing the minimum course credit requirement and attaining a cGPA of at least 3.50 at the end of the second semester are eligible for transfer to the Doctoral Degree program.
Students who are not eligible for transfer to the Doctoral Degree program are awarded the Certificate of Advanced Studies.
The minimum requirement for doctoral applicants is 4.0 (minimum entry requirement).
Applicants admitted with conditions need to satisfy the English language requirement of 4.0 AIT-EET (or equivalent) before the third semester (7th term) of study, prior to registering for Ph.D. thesis credits or research-related.
As a requirement for graduation, students must attain a score of 4.0 on the AIT English Writing.
Exemption: Applicants who are citizens of and have been educated in an English-speaking country (e.g., Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA) are exempted from score submission. Proof of citizenship and studies must be submitted.
The Accord University provides equal academic opportunities to all applicants and students regardless of their national origin, gender or sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.
Please note that an applicant can only apply for one program at a time.
ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY FOR VARIOUS PROGRAMS