Program Materials

The Research Doctoral Programs staff have compiled a collection of helpful information for all our current students. On this page you will find various forms relating to the program. The Manual for Research Doctoral Programs also may be found here. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know at

Doctoral Manual

The Manual for Research Doctoral Programs contains policies related to the structure of the PhD program and procedures for students as they move through the program. Amendments in the manual are communicated in the ReDOC News, so students are responsible to be aware of changes.

Updated Manual for Research Doctoral Programs (revised 8/30/23)

ReDOC News




Institutional Review Board (IRB) Request

Research with human subjects conducted by or with persons related to NOBTS requires IRB approval prior to contact with the research subjects. If your research involves obtaining information from human subjects by any means, you will need to complete the fillable form below, save it to your computer, and e-mail it to your guidance committee chair along with a pdf of the prospectus, the survey instrument or other research tool, and the informed consent. See Paul D. Leedy and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod, Practical Research: Planning and Design, 9th ed., p. 103 for an example of an informed consent.

After signing the form, the chair should forward it along with the prospectus and supporting documents to no later than one month before approval is needed. For ReDOC to consider a prospectus dealing with human subjects research, the PhD office must receive the prospectus and the IRB Request Form no later than one month prior to the ReDOC meeting at which the prospectus will be discussed. If the IRB requires changes, revised documents must be submitted to the ReDOC office to obtain IRB approval.

ThM Portfolio & Examinations

Research Proposal


  • NOTE: ReDOC will not review a prospectus longer than 30 pages of text, not including the appendix and bibliography.




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