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Enrollment After Completion of Ph.D. Qualifying Exams

After passing all areas of the Qualifying exams, the Office of Graduate Studies requires that doctoral candidates be continuously enrolled in at least six hours each fall or spring semester, including at least one dissertation hour, until 18 hours have been completed or until graduation, whichever comes first.  After the 18 hours are completed, the student must enroll in at least one dissertation hour per semester until all requirements of the degree are met. Enrollment during this period may include the semester in which the exam was passed provided that it was taken  before the first day of the term’s final exam period.

Students who have completed their qualifying exams are not required by the Office of Graduate Studies to enroll during summer session. Doctoral students should consult with their advisors and departmental graduate staff to determine whether any other policies require them to enroll during the summer.

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