Doctoral Examinations / Culminating Experiences

Doctoral Examinations/Culminating Experiences require a minimum of 6 s.h., with at least 2 s.h. of the 6 s.h. required to be in course number 9999. The remaining 4 s.h. can be a combination of the following course numbers: 9994, 9998, and/or 9999. Departments may require additional semester hours to fulfill Doctoral Examinations/Culminating Experiences since 6 s.h. constitute the minimum requirement. Doctoral students must maintain continuous enrollment from matriculation to graduation.
 
A doctoral student who has completed all coursework for the degree, but has not passed the preliminary examination, must register each Fall and Spring semester for 1 s.h. of course number 9994, “Preliminary Examination Preparation.” Students must be registered for 9994 in the semester in which the examination is taken, including the Summer session. A student who is required to retake the preliminary examination in whole or in part must re-register for 1 s.h. of 9994 in the semester in which the examination is retaken.
 
A student who has passed the Prelim I, but not the Prelim II register each Fall and Spring for course number 9998, “Pre-Dissertation Research.” Students must be registered for 9998 in the semester in which the Prelim II examination is taken, including the Summer session.
 
A doctoral student must complete 2 s.h. of course number 9999, "Dissertation Research," after Elevation to Candidacy. Students must be registered for 9999 in the semester in which they defend their doctoral dissertation. Students regularly refer to the Gradaute Dissertation & Thesis Handbook when completing their dissertation.
 
Students who wish to enroll in Indepdent Study (CIS9182 or 9282), Preliminary Exam Prep (9994), Predissertation Research (9998), or Dissertation Research (9999) must have their course registration processed by the CIS Administrative Coordinator. Please complete the Special Course Registration Form and return it to Julie Skrocki, Administrative Coordinator, in 313 SERC.