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Doctor of Philosophy

Applies to: 

Graduate Students

Policy Statement: 

This section lists KU regulations common to the administration of all doctoral programs. The particular application, interpretation, or method of implementation of such a common element for individual degree programs and departments is, in certain cases, left to the faculty of the department or the degree program (e.g., Research Skills). Additional requirements specific to each degree, along with variations permitting each student to achieve particular academic goals, are listed in the chapter of this catalog for the school through which the degree program is offered.

When a department or program requests its Graduate Division to schedule a comprehensive oral examination or a final oral examination for a student, it must report on the student’s completion of both the general requirements and the specific requirements of the degree program, department, and school. The degree program and Graduate Division should ascertain that the graduate student is in good academic standing (3.0 or higher grade-point average) before scheduling a comprehensive oral examination or a final oral examination.

Doctoral students completing all their degree requirements within the first week of summer session or within the first two weeks of the fall or spring semester are not required to be enrolled for that term.


Office of Graduate Studies


Approved on: 
Friday, July 17, 2009
Effective on: 
Friday, July 17, 2009
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Academic Categories: 
Academic Programs

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