Each year the English PhD program recruits and admits candidates who will take the program part-time and at a distance (mostly through WebEx). Students at a distance are required to meet the same admissions standards and have the same course requirements and program expectations as on-campus students. Students at a distance are expected to obtain the requisite software necessary to engage in synchronous video classes, access Blackboard, and otherwise participate as fully in class life as electronic means will allow. Students at a distance should visit the Online Student Orientation website: www.clt.odu.edu/oso/.
Summer Doctoral Institute (SDI)
All part-time students, distance or on-campus, must attend two Summer Doctoral Institutes (SDIs), the Norfolk campus portion of which is two weeks (usually sometime between July 10 – July 25). Distance and other part-time students should, therefore, plan their programs in such a way that they participate in a summer institute two of their first three or four years in the program. Students have the option of participating in SDI during the summer after the spring in which they are accepted and before the fall in which they are admitted; the student will need to speak to the GPD about moving up the start date of their entrance into the program. See more detailed information on the SDI page.