Research Degree Requirements

The Graduate School’s degree requirements are kept to a minimum in order to give the special committee and the student freedom to determine appropriate degree requirements and to define a program of study best suited to the student’s particular goals.

For the Ph.D., M.A., and M.S. degree programs there are several requirements imposed by the Graduate School, including:

  • Maintaining registration status
  • Formation of a special committee
  • Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training
  • Completion of the Student Progress Review (SPR)
  • Timely completion of A, M, and/or B exams
  • Submission of the dissertation or thesis

The graduate fields may set additional requirements. Please check with your field for more specific field-related information.

Except in certain professional degree programs, requirements for credits or courses are not imposed by the Graduate School.