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Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Time Constraints


To stipulate the maximum number of years that can lapse between the doctoral comprehensive exam and the dissertation defense.

Applies to: 

All Lawrence/Edwards Campus Graduate students

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Policy Statement: 

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.

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

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
213 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

Approved by: 
SVP of Academic Affairs
Approved on: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Effective on: 
Friday, June 1, 2012
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Oral comprehensive exam, Doctoral degree program time constraints
Change History: 

07/06/2021: Updated link.
06/21/2018: Updated Campus section.
11/13/2017: Updated Approved by section. 

Academic Categories: 
Academic Programs
Graduation & Degrees

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