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The Graduate College Handbook

for students, faculty and staff – August 2017

A. Credit Hour Requirements

Doctoral degrees require successful completion of a minimum of 96 semester hours of graduate credit (see section C of this chapter for doctoral degree stages), except for those programs approved otherwise. Doctoral degrees also require successful completion of the preliminary and final examinations.

Doctoral degree candidates, regardless of transfer credits or a master's degree completed elsewhere, must complete at least 64 hours of residence credit (4.A.4) out of the total of 96 hours required for the doctoral degree, and should also see chapter 3 for information about transfer credit. Thesis hours count toward residence credit.