Students who are working on a thesis or dissertation are expected to comply with the enrollment requirements as set forth in the sections entitled Course Load and Continuous Enrollment. Advice or assistance from a member of the faculty in the preparation of the thesis or dissertation should not be expected unless the student is officially enrolled.
Students are required to be continuously enrolled (i.e., each Fall and Spring semester), including the semester in which the thesis or dissertation is submitted to, and accepted by, the university.
Failure to enroll in thesis/dissertation courses may delay graduation and may result in the loss of financial assistance and other privileges. A student not enrolled in a Fall or Spring term is not eligible for a teaching or research assistantship during that term. The student should consult the individual college requirements regarding summer registration for thesis or dissertation credit hours.
Students may register in absentia for thesis/dissertation courses if arrangements are made through the department of their major at least two weeks before the registration period. Registration for all other students must be completed in the prescribed manner during the announced registration period. The thesis or dissertation course is considered part of a student’s current course load.
A student enrolled in a thesis or dissertation course should receive the grade indicator “IP” (in progress) without a grade on the student’s permanent record for each registration period until the semester or term in which the dissertation is defended, approved by the College, and graded with a letter grade. A final grade of B or better is required on the completed thesis or dissertation in order for the student to graduate.
Colleges will ensure that the thesis or dissertation has been submitted and approved, and a letter grade of B or better assigned to the thesis/dissertation course prior to certifying the student’s graduation.
A maximum of 12 credit hours of Dissertation coursework may be applied to the requirements for a Doctoral degree and a maximum of 6 credit hours of Master’s Thesis coursework may be applied to the requirements of a Master’s degree. However, once students are enrolled in thesis/dissertation courses, they must continuously enroll in them until degree is conferred. (Also see section on the 99-Hour Doctoral Cap.)