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Washington State University Graduate School

Examples of Student Learning Outcomes for PhD Programs

Source: Adapted from student learning outcomes in a range of graduate programs at Brigham Young University; prepared by the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning.

All Disciplines

All graduates will be able to:

  1. Critically apply theories, methodologies, and knowledge to address fundamental questions in their primary area of study. (Research, Critical Thinking, Content Knowledge)
  2. Pursue research of significance in the discipline or an interdisciplinary or creative project. Students plan and conduct this research or implement this project under the guidance of an advisor while developing the intellectual independence that typifies true scholarship. (Research, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  3. Demonstrate skills in oral and written communication sufficient to publish and present work in their field and to prepare grant proposals. (Communication)
  4. Follow the principles of ethics in their field and in academia. (Ethics)
  5. Demonstrate, through service, the value of their discipline to the academy and community at large. (Service, Content Knowledge)
  6. Demonstrate a mastery of skills and knowledge at a level required for college and university undergraduate teaching in their discipline and assessment of student learning. (Content Knowledge, Teaching)
  7. Interact productively with people from diverse backgrounds as both leaders/mentors and team members with integrity and professionalism. (Communication, Leadership)

Discipline or Degree-specific Skills, Knowledge, and Values

Graduates in [discipline or degree] will be able to:

  1. as defined by the program
  2. as defined by the program
  3. as defined by the program


Last updated 8/22/2013