PhD Program Structure

 

PhD Degree Requirements:

Total of 84 credits consist of 18 credits of course work and 66 credits dissertation

  • Complete a minimum of 18 credits coursework and maintain a cGPA of not less than 3.50 (usually within the first year; i.e., 2 semesters).
    • For AIT master graduate, this may include up to 6 credits special study.
    • For non-AIT master graduate, the 18 credits should all be courses.
  • Complete a Doctoral dissertation (66 credits) and defend it at an oral examination
  • Obtain a satisfactory evaluation of the dissertation from the External Examiner, and
  • 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.

 

PhD Study Schedule (Timetable):  

  • Year 1: Requires a minimum of 18 credits of coursework at AIT, of which up to a maximum of 6 credits of special studies may be taken by those candidates who earned their Master (MBA) degree at AIT.
  • Year 2: In the 3rd semester, students register dissertation credits (max of 15 credits/semester)
  • By the end of 3rd semester students pass their advancement to candidacy (ATC). The ATC is basically a PhD research proposal defense (a qualification exam 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 – 3rd semester
    • Non-resident – 4th semester
    • Part-time – 6th semester
    • In the 4th semester, students start their dissertation research

If the student did not pass his/her exam, the student will be put on probation (automatic). Two consecutive probations will mean dismissal.

  • Year 3: (5th & 6th semester) – dissertation research.

Starting from the YEAR 2, every semester, students have to submit a progress report to the committee.

 

PhD Program Committee 

  • The chairperson (supervisor) form the student’s PhD study committee within the first two semesters of study
  • The committee consist of at least three members (at least one from the School of Management)
    • Chairperson (supervisor)
    • Members (2)

 

Advancement to Candidacy (the dissertation proposal) shall include:

Usually 3 or 4 chapters (you and your supervisor decide):

  • CH 1: Introduction
  • CH2: Literature review (usually from your SS report)
  • CH3: Research model and hypothesis (if your study needs). This sometimes is part of CH2.
  • CH4: Research methodology

 

 

Final Examination

  • Before a comprehensive examination for the degree of Doctor can be conducted, a student must satisfy the minimum four-semester residency requirement, one semester of which may be taken after advancement to candidacy.
  • The dissertation must contain evidence of scholarly distinction and a contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the chosen field of study. The substance of the dissertation should be of a quality acceptable for inclusion in a refereed publication.
  • The student must have at least one scientific paper based on the dissertation published in or accepted by an international refereed journal before the final examination (applicable to students entering in May 1996 Term and onward).
  • The student must be the first author of the publication unless there is a document evidence that the journal required that the authorship should be written in a different order (Academic Senate, 27 February 2002).
  • An External Examiner shall be recommended by the Program Committee for approval by the Doctoral Progress Review Committee, which shall subsequently recommend to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for appointment. The recommendations must be accompanied by curriculum vitae, list of publications in English, doctoral research supervision experience of the proposed External Examiner’s and the candidate’s dissertation abstract.
  • The External Examiner may attend the final comprehensive examination of the candidate.
  • The External Examiner should normally not be a former AIT Faculty who has served the Institute on full-time or part-time assignments or has taught a course at AIT during the previous five years. He/She should normally have experience in supervising doctoral students and must be actively in research as evident from publications in refereed journals.
  • Not-doctoral degree holders may be appointed as External Examiners only if they are currently full professor or of equivalent rank in recognised academic or research institutions.
  • The External Examiner will be asked to comment on the extent to which the dissertation satisfies the criteria for assessment outlined in 8.2 above and to submit the assessment of the dissertation using the “Report of External Examiner” form, stating one of the following:
    • Satisfactory and meets the normal requirements for a doctoral dissertation
    • Acceptable after revision according to comments attached;( ) I would like to see the response of the student on my comments;( ) I request the Program Committee to ensure that my comments on the dissertation are addressed by the student. It is not necessary to send the response to me.• to be re-submitted for a further review after the attached comments have been answered; or• not acceptable for reasons attached.In all cases where the dissertation is assessed as satisfactory, the doctoral candidate, in coordination with the Chair of his/her Program Committee, is obliged to respond to comments received from his/her External Examiner, to assure the External Examiner that his/her comments have been appreciated , and incorporated into the text, to the extent deemed necessary by the candidate’s committee (Senate, 25 November 1998).In all cases where the dissertation is assessed as acceptable after revision by the External Examiner, it is required that the doctoral candidate, in coordination with the Chair of his/her Program Committee, satisfy the requirements specified by the External Examiner by preparing a detailed statement and/or producing evidence of revisions as deemed necessary by his/her Program Committee (Senate, 25 November 1998).In all cases where the dissertation must be re-submitted for further review, it is required that the doctoral candidate, in coordination with the Chair of his/her Program Committee, satisfy the requirements specified by the External Examiner by preparing a detailed statement and/or producing evidence of revision . Only after the External Examiner’s written acceptance is received, can in such cases the final examination and defense conducted (Senate, 25 November 1998).
  • The examining committee must have the full written comments of the External Examiner and the Report of External Examiner(Section 8.4) before the comprehensive examination is held.
  • The student must address all points raised by the External Examiner.
  • If the External Examiner is of the opinion that the dissertation does not wholly satisfy the criteria for assessment outlined in 8.2 above, and if this opinion is at variance with the view of the examining committee, the committee shall seek the opinion of a second External Examiner (whose appointment will be made according to 8.3).The Program Committee will conduct the final examination publicly. The examination will consist of ( DPRC R&P, 6 October 1999):
    • a public presentation and defense on the dissertation. The presentation and defense must be announced publicly within the Institute at least one week before the date of the examination. The External Examiner, members of faculty and other persons may attend the seminar
    • an assessment of the dissertation.
  • Payment of the External Examiner will be arranged on receipt of the completed Report of External Examiner. The External Examiner will also receive a hardbound copy of the dissertation.