Student Procedures & Timeline

Once admitted, it is important for students to follow procedures/regulations outlined below. Please visit the College of Graduate Studies calendar for specific deadline/semester dates.

  • If planned appropriately with the PhD program director, students may begin the PhD program immediately after completing their undergraduate degree.
  • A prescribed plan of study can be designed that awards the Masters degree en route to the PhD.
  • lease contact the Ashley Akenson, ELPhD Director for more info.
Temporary advisor appointed by Director No later than 2nd semester of enrollment
Submission of program of study By the time 15 semester hours are earned
 Annual review (vitae submission) by faculty Second half of spring semester
Residence semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer) Anytime during program
Written comprehensive exam Second half of semester in which enrolled in EDU 7920. Results must be reported on Comprehensive Examination Form.
Dissertation prospectus presentation Proposal submitted to committee a minimum of two weeks prior to prospectus presentation. Presentation scheduled just following successful completion of EDU 7920.
Fifteen (15) hours of dissertation coursework (minimum) To begin at time proposal is accepted by committee of successful completion of comprehensive examination and continuously thereafter, until dissertation is completed.
Final draft of dissertation to committee Minimum two weeks prior to defense
Abstract of dissertation to PhD Director Two weeks prior to defense
Scheduling of defense No sooner than two weeks after submission of dissertation to committee.
Publication of defense Send dissertation abstract, defense date, time, and location to PhD Director at least two weeks prior to defense.
Announcement of successful defense Immediately following defense results must be reported on Thesis/Dissertation Form.
*Final official copy of dissertation (copies to the Graduate School and your committee) When copies are finalized

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