In the first term, learners create a dissertation-in-practice, and continue to work on it throughout their time in the program. This is an original action research study that balances attention to empirical research and direct application of new knowledge and findings. Expert Dayton faculty offer continuous support throughout the dissertation process, and learners collaborate with classmates in research affinity groups to refine and apply their ideas.
The program features two immersions as opportunities to both build deeper connections with classmates and faculty, and further discuss their dissertation topics. The first immersion will take place virtually at the end of year one and the second will take place in person on campus in Dayton, Ohio at the end of year three. At the second immersion, learners present their dissertation and receive feedback from professors and peers.