After passing the comprehensive examination, students must complete 21 (twenty-one) credits of Dissertation Research (26:478:701) on a full-time basis. Students may register for up to 12 (twelve) Dissertation Research credits per semester. Students needing more than 12 (twelve) credits will need approval from both the DGA Director and the Dean of the Graduate School. Students who register for Dissertation Research may be on or away from campus. During this time, students may stay in communication with their dissertation advisor. It is the student's responsibility to communicate with his or her advisor (chair).
Dissertation advisors provide grades of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory) for dissertation research. Within one (1) year after a student begins taking dissertation research credits, he or she should defend his/her dissertation proposal in front of their entire dissertation committee.
Once a Ph.D. student begins registering for dissertation research, the student and his or her advisor are required to submit a progress report one (1) time per year in the fall semesters. Students who have not progressed during this time will not be allowed to register for the following semester and must follow up with a second progress report in the following semester. Readmission into the program can occur once progress begins provided both the Director and the dissertation advisor agree that the student can achieve the goals of the dissertation defense. The Director reserves the right to review the work of the student should the dissertation writing phase exceed two (2) years.