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Summary of Ph.D. Degree Graduation Requirements

Section 7.14 of the Graduate School Handbook

7.14.1
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  1. satisfactory completion of the candidacy examination and submission of the approved Report on Candidacy Examination form 
  2. registration for at least three graduate credit hours during the semester or summer term when the candidacy and final oral examinations are taken and during the semester or summer term in which graduation is expected
  3. submission of the Application to Graduate form to GRADFORMS no later than the third Friday of the semester (or third Friday of summer term) in which graduation is expected
  4. completion of a minimum of 80 graduate credit hours, at least 50 of which must be completed beyond the master’s degree. For a master’s degree earned at another institution to count toward the 80 hours, it must be officially transferred.
  5. completion of the following residency requirements after the master’s degree has been earned or after the first 30 hours of graduate credit have been completed (the latter applies to programs where a master’s degree will not be transferred)
    • minimum of 24 graduate credit hours must be completed at this university
    • minimum of two consecutive pre-candidacy semesters or one semester and a summer term with full time enrollment
    • a minimum of six graduate credit hours over a period of at least two semesters or one semester and a summer term after admission to candidacy
  6. graduate cumulative point-hour ratio of at least 3.0
  7. approval of dissertation draft by the dissertation committee members and submission of the Application for Final Examination and the dissertation draft to the Graduate School at least two weeks before the date of the final oral examination
  8. satisfactory completion of the final oral examination and verification that the Report on Final Examination form has been approved (via GRADFORMS) by the published deadline
  9. electronic submission of the approved dissertation and a separate 500-word or less abstract by the published deadline for the semester or summer session of graduation
  10. committee approval of the report on Final Document and completion of Survey of Earned Doctorates after electronic submission and acceptance of dissertation by the published deadline for the semester or summer term of graduation
  11. completion of Ph.D. degree requirements within five years after being admitted to candidacy
  12. receipt of final grades in the University Registrar’s Office by the published deadline
  13. completion of Ph.D. degree requirements established by the Graduate Studies Committee
  14. payment of the doctoral hood and microfilm processing fees by the published deadline for the semester or summer term of graduation