Following the completion of course work, including internship or practicum (excluding comprehensive exam or qualifiers), all doctoral and master’s thesis students must be continuously enrolled for at least one credit of dissertation or thesis each semester (fall and spring) annually, through the graduation of the student or until the time limit is exceeded.
There is no separation between completions of course work, internship, or practicum and initiation of dissertation or thesis credit registration. Once the student has registered for the number of dissertation credits required by the program of study (typically nine or twelve), or the number of thesis credits required by their program of study (typically three to six), she or he must register for one dissertation or one thesis credit each semester (fall and spring) annually through the graduation of the student or until the time limit is exceeded (See Time Limitation Policy for doctoral or master’s students). For this period, the student will be considered a full-time doctoral or master’s student.
All dissertation and thesis credits will be pass/fail credits. Students must complete the minimum number of dissertation or master’s thesis credits required by their program, but may take additional dissertation or thesis credits as necessary to comply with the Continuous Graduate Registration for Dissertation and Thesis policy.
Until the dissertation or thesis is successfully defended, a grade of “R” will be assigned to each registered credit. Upon successful completion of the dissertation or thesis, the grade assigned by the dissertation or thesis director will apply to all registered dissertation or thesis credits. Students must pay tuition and mandatory university fees for all credits (equal to the part-time mandatory fees), and may choose to pay the Wellness Fee.