Doctoral Hours Limit
The Texas Legislature has recently passed laws placing strict limits on the number of hours allowed for completion a doctoral degree. At this time, 99 hours is the limit. Doctoral students exceeding 99 hours may be required to pay out-of-state tuition rates for hours in excess of 99. Therefore, students and faculty advisors should work to be certain that degree plans are structured and followed for completion with fewer than 99 hours. Please see 99 Hours for Doctoral Students to Comply with S.B. 961.
Based on current activity in the Legislature, the Graduate School has revised the 99-hour rule policy that formerly limited TA/RA employment for students under 99-hour rule review. Students may now be employed as TA/RA’s regardless of their 99-hour rule status (Effective January 1999).
For more information or special concerns, please contact Dr. Dominick Casadonte, Interim Dean of the Graduate School (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Students and advisors are free to call Dr. Dominick Casadonte at (806) 742-2781.