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​Doctoral Comprehensive Examination Information

 
After completing or registering for all program-required non-thesis coursework, and concurrently with applying for admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree, students must take a comprehensive examination in their respective discipline. This examination (written or oral or both) will test a student’s mastery of a broad field of knowledge, not merely the formal coursework which he/she has completed.

 
This examination must be completed no later than the end of the student’s third year. Individual programs may establish an earlier deadline.

 
Instructions, deadlines, and forms are provided in the links below.

 ***All forms are fillable Adobe PDF forms.  You will need to have the most recent version of Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro installed on your computer.  If you are using any internet browser beside Internet Explorer, you will need to right click on the link to the form and choose “Save as” to open the form.  Once you have saved the form you will be able to open it.  If you are using Internet Explorer, click on the link and the form will automatically open.***
 
Form Description
Instructions​ Review the instructions sheet first for steps you need to take the semester you are planning to graduate.  
CU-Anschutz Deadlines  CU-Anschutz Students Only- You must follow this deadlines calendar.  Failure to do so will result in you graduation being postponed.  

CU-Denver Deadlines (2013-2014 Deadlines) CU-Denver Students Only: You must follow this deadlines calendar.  Failure to do so will result in you graduation being postponed.  ​
Application for Admission to Candidacy 
.Completing the required courses for a program does not automatically admit a student to candidacy for the degree. The student will need to complete the Application for Admission to Candidacy form by the stated deadline.
Request to Schedule Exam
This form informs the Graduate School of your exam.  It must be submitted to the Graduate School office at least two weeks prior to the examination (late submission will result in having to reschedule the exam).
Request for Transfer of Credit ​​
This form is used to transfer in graduate-level credit earned at another accredited institution either in the United States or abroad, or credits earned as a non-degree student within the University of Colorado system. Graduate courses taken while the student was enrolled in a graduate program anywhere in the University of Colorado system are considered resident, not transfer, and therefore fall outside the limits on transfer credits.



 
Doctoral Graduation and Dissertation Defense Information 

 
Once a student has completed their dissertation and before the degree is conferred, a final examination on the dissertation and related topics is conducted in two parts, an oral presentation of the dissertation research that is open to the public, and a closed examination conducted by the examining committee.

 
Form Description
Instructions​​ Review the instructions sheet first for steps you need to take the semester you are planning to graduate.  
CU-Anschutz Deadlines  CU-Anschutz Students Only- You must follow this deadlines calendar.  Failure to do so will result in you graduation being postponed.  

CU-Denver Deadlines CU-Denver Students Only: You must follow this deadlines calendar.  Failure to do so will result in you graduation being postponed.  ​
Application for Graduation
All student must complete this application at the beginning of the semester you are planning to graduate.  The deadline established for this application by the Registrar’s Office is usually the same as the add/drop registration period for each semester.
Request to Schedule Exam
This form informs the Graduate School of your exam.  It must be submitted to the Graduate School office at least two weeks prior to the examination (late submission will result in having to reschedule the exam)
Biographical Sketch 
This is basic information about the your educational program, committee membership, student publications, thesis title and abstract. It must be submitted to the Graduate School office at least two weeks prior to the final defense in conjunction with the request for Exam form.  ​
Survey of Earned Doctorates  

This is a national survey. You must submit a “certificate of completion” prior to submitting your dissertation electronically.
Style and Policy Manual for Thesis and Dissertation ​​​
​The manual provides guidelines, specifications, and information students must follow when formatting their thesis. For reference, it also includes sample pages of each section of a thesis
​CU-Anschutz-Thesis Pre-check  CU-Anschutz Students Only: All thesis students must complete a mandatory thesis pre-check that should be scheduled prior to the defense. At least two weeks prior to the defense date, please call 303-724-2911 to schedule the pre-check.
​CU-Denver-Thesis Format Review  CU-Denver Students  Only: An unbound, hard copy of the thesis must be submitted to the Graduate School (Location: 1380 Lawrence Street, suite 1251; Phone: 303-315-2183) by the date listed on the deadline calendar for the initial format review. Electronic copies are NOT accepted for format review.
Statement of Approval of the Thesis  ​This form must be submitted to the Graduate School prior to the electronic submission of the student’s thesis. Original signatures are required

 
Bookbinding:

 
While the University no longer requires students to submit a paper version of their thesis, there still may be a need to bind paper versions for your personal use.  The University does not recommend any specific bindery. Denver Bookbinding Company is the vendor used by the library. Should you wish to use them for your personal thesis copies, or for more information contact http://www.DenverBook.com. The pricing on their web page does not reflect an average of 10% discount given to CU Denver ׀ Anschutz Medical Campus students. When placing your order, just request the CU Denver ׀ Anschutz Medical Campus pricing. The discount is on the binding pricing only, not on the extra charge pricing. Denver Bookbinding also has the ability to print your thesis from a PDF file on 28 pound acid free paper for $.10 per page/side in black and white. Color printing is offered for an additional charge per page. Please contact Denver Bookbinding for additional information.

 

 

 

 
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