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Thesis Preparation is offered for academic credit by the Workforce Education & Development academic program at Penn State Fall Semester and Spring Semester, but not in Summer Session.

ph.d. dissertation full–time


Penn State Course Prefix & Number

WF ED 601, 611

Description in Penn State Graduate Programs Bulletin


Brief Description

WF ED 601/611, Ph.D. Dissertation Full–Time, provides opportunities for a student, for whom Passmore is the chair of the doctoral committee, to (a) enroll continuously for academic credit after successful completion of the comprehensive examination for the Ph.D. degree and (b) make progress in the execution and reporting – and revision, if necessary – of a thesis proposal approved by student’s doctoral committee.



There are no course completion prerequisites for enrollment in Ph.D. Dissertation Full– Time except the student's status as a doctoral candidate who has passed the comprehensive examination for the doctoral degree.


The student enrolled in Ph.D. Dissertation Full–Time already has a thesis proposal accepted by the student’s committee. So a master plan already is approved. During each semester, the student is following that master plan. However, a short–term plan for each semester is required. Therefore, prior to each period in which enrollment in Ph.D. Dissertation Full–Time occurs, a plan is required.

Prior to each semester in which the student wishes to receive academic credit for Ph.D. Dissertation Full– Time, the student wishing to enroll in WF ED 601/611 with Passmore must propose the a plan prior to the period of WF ED 601/611 enrollment using the following form:

Form to Create & Submit Semester Plan for Pursuing a Ph.D. Dissertation Full–Time

No semester = no semester credit. And, as a result, a letter grade or "R" grade will not be recorded.



Ph.D. Dissertation Full– Time is a hybrid course delivered on the web and through face-to-face meetings, as specified in the student’s thesis research proposal (long–term) and a semester or Summer Session plan (short–term). Communication is managed through a private Slack team in which all Passmore advisees participate.


Passmore will review the student’s proposal for a semester/Summer Session plan, negotiate any necessary changes with the student, and, if warranted, approve the proposal. The student and Passmore, then, will follow the approved plan.


Scheduled during Fall Semester or Spring Semester (search LionPath for available course offering).

Instructor of Record

David L. Passmore; use e–mail address,