Steps to Fulfill Doctoral Degree Requirements

You must maintain continuous registration until all degree requirements have been met.

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1

Meet with departmental graduate advisor to plan course of study for first semester.

Before first semester registration.

Graduate advisor

2

Establish advisory committee; submit your degree plan online.

Following the deadline imposed by the student's college and approved no later than 90 days prior to the preliminary exam.

Advisory committee, department head and OGAPS

3

Complete course work detailed on degree plan and ELP requirements (if applicable).

Before preliminary exam.

 

4

Submit checklist and the report of the Preliminary Exam. (Preliminary Exam Requirements)

Must be received by OGAPS 10 working days after exam date and at least 14 weeks prior to the final defense date.

Advisory committee, department head and OGAPS

5

Submit proposal for dissertation or record of study.

No later than 20 working days prior to submission of the Request and Announcement of Final Examination.

Advisory committee, department head and OGAPS

6

Complete residence requirement. (Check with your department to determine if there is a residency requirement.)

Before submitting request to schedule final oral examination.

OGAPS

7

Apply for a degree online at the Howdy portal; pay graduation fee.

During the first week of the final semester; pay graduation fee after graduate application is submitted; see OGAPS calendar for deadlines.

OGAPS

8

Submit request for permission to hold and announce final oral examination.

Must be received by OGAPS at least 10 working days before final exam date; see OGAPS calendar for deadlines.

Advisory committee, department head and OGAPS

9

Successfully complete final examination.

The Report of the Final Examination form should be submitted to OGAPS within 10 days following the exam.

Advisory committee and OGAPS

10

Upload approved PDF file of the completed dissertation or record of study and submit signed approval page to the Thesis and Dissertation Services.

See OGAPS calendar for deadlines.

Advisory committee, department head and OGAPS

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