Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Time Constraints
To stipulate the maximum number of years that can lapse between the doctoral comprehensive exam and the dissertation defense.
All Lawrence/Edwards Campus Graduate students
Under normal circumstances, the doctoral candidacy period between passage of the oral comprehensive examination and the final dissertation defense must last no longer than 5 years. If a student took the oral comprehensive examination more than 5 years prior to the dissertation defense, a re-evaluation of the student’s candidacy status is necessary. Re-evaluation of the student’s candidacy status can include retaking the comprehensive oral examination.
Considerations and decisions concerning exceptions to the policy outlined above will be managed by the graduate affairs office of the school/college in which the student’s program resides.
Office of Graduate Studies