Academic Policies & Procedures

Doctoral Students

Doctoral Degree Progress Sequence

The chronological steps in the doctoral degree process are:
  • Admission
  • Formation of an advisory committee (first term)
  • Prescription of course work (second term)
  • Completion of course work
  • Qualifying examination
  • Admission to candidacy
  • Formation of research committee
  • Dissertation proposal meeting
  • Completion of dissertation research
  • Application to participate in IU Commencement (via UGS eDoc)
  • Application to defend dissertation (via internal SPH form)
  • Defense announcement (via UGS eDoc)
  • Defense of dissertation
  • Submission of final dissertation
  • Graduation (degree conferral)

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