Step-by-Step Graduation, Doctoral
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
All forms submitted in support of graduation will require approval of the advisor and the Program Director of Graduate Studies. Completed forms are to be submitted to the Student Services Graduate Studies Office, room 1204 Benjamin Building for review and approval of the Associate Dean of the College of Education.
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Continuous registration is required each Fall and Spring semester. Summer registration is required if you are advising with your adviser or using University facilities. Newly admitted students must register in the semester of admission in order to validate the admission offer.
Doctoral students advanced to candidacy are automatically registered by the University for 6 credits of 899, Doctoral Dissertation Research each Fall and Spring semester until degree completion.
|[Hide]Faculty Advisor and Doctoral Program Plan|
Immediately following admission please consult with your advisor to develop your program of study. Programs may choose to require, or not require, Doctoral Approved Program Form.
Programs determine the number of credits that may be applied toward the doctoral program for coursework taken previous to doctoral admission. Prior coursework that is applied toward a doctoral program will not appear on the University of Maryland transcript (i.e. there is no official transfer of credit form for doctoral students).
Programs determine the doctoral research course requirements. Please check with your advisor for your program required research courses.
Graduate students admitted to the Graduate School, College of Education, must make satisfactory progress in meeting programmatic requirements, must demonstrate the ability to succeed in his or her course of studies or research, and must attain performance minima. Please check with your Program to obtain satisfactory progress requirements. Please note that your Program requirements and deadlines may exceed those established by the Graduate School and/or College of Education.
|[Hide]Foundational Competencies Policy/College of Education Technical Standards|
All graduate students who are in an approved program leading to initial teacher certification, or advanced certification, in professional preparation programs are expected to demonstrate that they are prepared to work with children and youth in educational settings. This preparation results from the combination of successful completion of university coursework and field/internship experiences and the demonstration of important human characteristics and dispositions that all educators should possess. For a complete description of the policy and standards click on the link above.
The EDMS Program requires a preliminary examination. Please contact the HDQM Program Graduate Coordinator to obtain the examination requirements, the application process, and deadlines for the preliminary examination.
A comprehensive examination is required of all doctoral students, after completion of the appropriate coursework. The individual departments in the College of Education determine what constitutes a comprehensive examination. Please check with your Program Graduate Coordinator for applications, processes, and deadlines.
|[Hide]Admission to Candidacy|
Applications for admission to candidacy are accepted after the satisfactory completion of the comprehensive examination. Candidacy applications receive final approval by the Graduate School on the 1st of each month, and are due by the 25th of the month prior. The Graduate School requires doctoral students to be admitted to candidacy 6 months prior to graduation. Doctoral students admitted to candidacy will automatically be registered for 6 credits (full-time) of 899 “Doctoral Dissertation Research” by the University each Fall and Spring semester.
The dissertation proposal meeting is held and attended by at least 3 faculty members, with the intent that the same faculty members will become part of the final defense committee. Students should discuss with their advisor who the proposal committee members should be. Committee members may change, with advisor approval, prior to the request for the formal appointment of the defense committee. The purpose of the proposal is to grant approval of the topic for the dissertation study.
Please obtain the Certification of Doctoral Research Committee and Dissertation Proposal form prior to your proposal meeting, and present it at the proposal.
|[Hide]Human Subjects Approval|
At the University, all research that involves the use of human subjects requires review and approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the initiation of the research. Researchers should review the IRB web page for regulations and application forms. All researchers are required to complete CITI Training as a condition of IRB approval. Be sure to click on “Registration and CITI Linking Guidance” on the IRB web page.
|[Hide]Nomination of Thesis or Dissertation Committee|
Request the appointment of the dissertation defense committee by filing the Nomination of the Thesis or Dissertation Committee form. Be sure to include a copy of your Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval letter approving your human subjects research.
The Graduate School formally approves and appoints the committee to which the student defends the final thesis or dissertation. This form must be submitted by the deadline in the semester in which the student intends to graduate, or six weeks prior to the final oral defense, whichever is sooner to the College Graduate Studies Office. An oral defense may not be held without the formal approval of the committee by the Graduate School. Committee construction must meet the Graduate School criteria. Committee construction criteria are listed on the form. All members of the committee must be in physical attendance at the oral defense. If one member of the committee finds it necessary to attend from a remote site, special permission for remote participation must be requested of the Graduate School.
The members of the Dissertation Examining Committee should receive the dissertation at least ten working days before the scheduled defense. Should the Dissertation Examining Committee deem it reasonable and appropriate, it may require submission of the dissertation more than ten working days in advance of the defense.
|[Hide]Semester of Graduation|
File the required forms by the published deadlines in Important Deadline Dates. Please keep in mind that all forms must be advisor and program approved prior to submission to the Graduate Student Services Office in Education, so allow extra time to meet the deadlines.
Follow the guidelines and pay the fees for electronic submission of your dissertation.
The required Graduate School Doctoral Student Surveys are available on-line.
If you are a graduating international student, and are on an F-1 Visa, you must comply with Sevis Regulations that are monitored by the International Student and Scholar Services Office Office on campus. As part of the regulations you must file the F-1 Exit Plan Form before you complete your program requirements. This form will require your advisor's signature