The following information regarding registration for doctoral students at the dissertation level is taken directly from the Graduate Catalog:

The Catalog section on Continuous Dissertation Registration for Doctoral Students states that, “Once a student has met the requirements for admission to candidacy, received approval for the dissertation research proposal, or initiated enrollment in 699 (dissertation research for a doctoral degree), the student must pursue completion of the dissertation without interruption by enrolling each fall and spring semester of the academic year for at least 3 hours of dissertation research. Summer enrollment for 699 Dissertation Research is expected if the student is working on the dissertation and using any University facilities or resources, including faculty time . . . The amount of dissertation research for which a student enrolls in any given semester should be commensurate with the progress a student is expected to make on the dissertation, as well as reflective of the extent to which University facilities and faculty time are invested in the proposed activities. To assist faculty and students in determining the appropriate registration for doctoral research, the following guidelines are recommended. Three semester hours. Little or no progress will be made on the dissertation, only minimal use of University facilities will be involved, and/or there will be only slight faculty contact with the student; the work and writing of the dissertation are complete and only final grammatical corrections and the oral examination on the dissertation remain to be accomplished. Six semester hours. The student will be devoting approximately one-half of a full-time academic load to the dissertation. Moderate progress on the dissertation is expected of the candidate, only limited use of University facilities will be involved, and/or faculty contact with the student will be limited. Nine semester hours. The student will be devoting approximately three-fourths of a full-time load to the dissertation. Substantial progress on the dissertation is expected of the student, there will be major use of University facilities, and/or considerable faculty contact with the candidate is anticipated. Twelve semester hours. The student will be working full-time academic on the dissertation. Extensive progress on the dissertation is expected, there will be considerable use of University facilities, and/or faculty contact with the student will be extensive.”

If certain conditions are met for the student’s final semester, the student may qualify to enroll for fewer than 3 hours of 699 dissertation research, but only in that final semester.

Final-Semester Dissertation (699) Minimum Registration Hours

When was the completed electronic dissertation submitted to the
Graduate School?
Minimum hours of
699 registration
required in the final
semester
By 4:45 p.m. on the last-possible day for instructors to post
grades for the semester before the student’s final semester
(date published in the **University Academic Calendar)
0
After 4:45 p.m. on the last-possible day for instructors to post grades for the semester before the student’s final semester, but before 4:45 p.m. on the last-possible day to register or add a course for the student’s final semester (both dates published in the University Academic Calendar) 1
After 4:45 p.m. on the last-possible day to register or add a
course for the student’s final semester (date published in
the University Academic Calendar)
3