Courses applied to a PhD Degree
Doctoral programs require a minimum 30 semester credits of courses at the 5000 level or above and a minimum of 30 semester credits of dissertation. All courses that count toward a graduate degree must be approved by the degree-granting graduate program.
For doctoral programs, a minimum of 5 hours and maximum of 10 hours of dissertation credit may be registered for in any semester. Students must receive approval from the dean of the Graduate School to register for fewer than 10 dissertation hours.
Doctoral candidates must be registered for dissertation credit each fall and spring semester following successful completion of the comprehensive examination. Students on leave of absence, approved by the program and filed with the Graduate School, do not have to register for dissertation credits.
A student does not have to register for dissertation credits after a successful final examination and dissertation defense even if the final version of the dissertation and the record of the final examination are submitted to the Graduate School at a later date.