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Doctor of Philosophy Degree Checklist

  • Prepare outline of curriculum with department head, graduate coordinator, or advisor, as appropriate for your department.
  • Complete the Doctoral Advisory Committee Appointment form
  • If applicable, remove conditional status with at least a 3.0 average after the first 12 hours. To remove conditional status, submit Petition for Regular Status form according to deadline below.
  • Take and pass departmental preliminary examination(s).
  • Have dissertation committee approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Submit the Doctoral Dissertation Committee Appointment form.
  • Complete courses listed on outline of curriculum.
  • Maintain a 3.0 average overall and in major field, with no more than one C in a course to be applied toward the fulfillment of degree requirements, and with the prescribed number of semester hours earned in courses at the 500 and 600 levels. Refer to the Graduate Catalog and your advisor for details.
  • Complete foreign language requirement, if applicable.
  • Satisfactorily complete the general comprehensive examination.
  • If applicable, present acceptable dissertation prospectus to dissertation committee.
  • Apply for admission to candidacy immediately after satisfactory completion of the general comprehensive examination. Submit the Application for Admission to Candidacy form according to deadline below.
  • Submit Doctoral Student Progress Report form by April deadline every year enrolled.
  • Complete and submit the Graduation Check List form and Application for Degree form by the end of the first week of the last semester of graduate work. Refer to deadline below.
  • Pay diploma fee by the end of the first week of the last semester of study. Payable to UL Lafayette at the Student Cashier Center in Lafayette Hall (formerly Coronna Hall), room 102.
  • Order cap, gown, and hood from the UL Lafayette Bookstore. If desired, order graduation announcements and the like from UL Lafayette Bookstore.
  • Complete residence requirements. Refer to Graduate Catalog for details.
  • Present dissertation in a form and according to a schedule acceptable to the dissertation committee before taking the final oral and/or written examination.
  • Take the written and/or oral exam as required and within the prescribed time limits provided below and within your departmental time lines.
  • Submit defended dissertation to the Graduate School for format review. Pick up dissertation for correcting edit suggestions and revisions.
  • Turn in to the Graduate School office by deadline below four copies of the dissertation in perfect, finished form, each with an approval sheet with original signatures in black ink, three extra copies of the abstract with the appropriate heading, one copy of the dissertation title page, and pay dissertation binding charge of $10.00 per copy.
  • Pay fees at the Student Cashier Center in Lafayette Hall (formerly Corona Hall), room 102: Dissemination fee of $95 for open access publishing and the Copyright fee (optional) of $55.
  • Complete the ProQuest Agreement form and survey of Earned Doctorate form and submit to the Graduate School office.
  • Submit Separation Clearance form to your department.
  • Attend graduation exercises, unless excused in advance in writing by the Dean of the Graduate School.