Doctoral Program of Study Requirements

Doctoral Programs

  • Minimum of 72 graduate credits
  • Minimum of 48 graduate credits of course work
  • Maximum of 24 graduate credits from a completed master’s degree program or previous post-baccalaureate work may be applied to program (this includes grad special, transfer, the total can not be more than 24 credits)
  • Maximum of 9 graduate credits of S/U grading (including transfer credits) *
  • At least 30 credits of 700-level graduate credits exclusive of dissertation credits are required: as many as 18 of these credits may be used from a masters degree program
  • Doctoral Students must enroll in a minimum of 24 dissertation credits for degree completion (Ed.D. minimum enrollment of 12 dissertation credits required for degree completion)
  • Fulfill residency requirement; two consecutive semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall) of at least nine (9) graduate credits each; (students on 20hr/week assistantships require six (6) credits each semester (fall/spring or spring/fall)
  • All requirements for the doctoral program, excluding prerequisite graduate course work or masters degrees, must be completed within a period of 8 years immediately preceding the granting of the degree.
  • Continuous enrollment
  • * Minimum enrollment of 3 graduate credits each fall and spring semester *
  • Some graduate programs have additional requirements
  • No undergraduate credits can be applied to any advanced degree program
  • Every graduate course must be completed with a grade of “C “or better
  • * Identify Course Number and Institutions for all credits transferred*

Doctoral Program of Study Form


All graduate degree advisory committee members must be members of the University graduate faculty*

Doctoral Candidates

Doctoral candidates, the advisory-examining committee consists of at least five graduate faculty members. In addition to the permanent advisor as chair, this committee is composed of two or more members from the major department, one or more from departments in related fields, and at least one member of the graduate faculty from outside the student’s major department or program who is the Graduate School Representative.