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Doctoral Programs

Doctoral Programs: Required Steps

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ACTION INITIATED THROUGH SUBMITTED TO TIME
1 Plan courses for degree Graduate Advisor Graduate Advisor Prior to registration
2 Take preliminary exam (option) Graduate Advisor Graduate School Enrollment Services Early in doctoral study, usually first semester of coursework
3 Set up doctoral advisory committee and title Graduate Advisor Graduate School Enrollment Services Prior to filing doctoral degree plan
4 File “Program for the Doctoral Degree” form Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee Graduate School Enrollment Services Before the end of first year of doctoral coursework
5 File changes in degree program, if necessary Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee Graduate School Enrollment Services As needed
6 Take Qualifying Examination for major and minor subjects Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee See step #7 After approval of doctoral program and completion of coursework
7 Recommendation for admission to candidacy (Qualifying Exam and Admission to Candidacy Recommendation Form) Chair of Committee Graduate School Enrollment Services After passing qualifying exam and no later than 4 months before graduation
8 Enroll in semester of graduation if all requirements are met (at least 3 hours) Graduate Advisor or Chair, Advisory Committee Registrar Semester of graduation
9 Apply to Graduate:  Go to raiderlink.ttu.edu --> "TTU MyTech" --> "Current Term" --> "Apply to Graduate" Student Graduate School Enrollment Services Semester of graduation (One must be filed for each intended graduation semester.)
10 Pay the Thesis-Dissertation fee through Student Business Services Graduate School Dissertation Supervisor Student Business Services Semester of graduation (This is paid only once.)
11 Schedule final oral defense of dissertation and submit “Doctoral Final Oral Examination Notification Form” at least 3 weeks before defense Student, Committee Chair, and Advisory Committee Graduate School Dissertation Supervisor At least 3 weeks before defense
12 Stand for final oral defense of dissertation and send result by memo to the Graduate School (Doctoral Defense Report) Advisory Committee Graduate School Doctoral Coordinator Semester of graduation
13 Submit signed Thesis-Dissertation Approval Form and after incorporating committee changes, submit .pdf file of dissertation to ETD site for review. Student, Advisory Committee Graduate School Dissertation Supervisor Semester of graduation (usually 5 weeks before graduation date)
14 Final grade for dissertation hours (A or B) Committee Chair or Advisory Committee Registrar-Final Grade Roll End of semester
15 Submit official .pdf of dissertation to ETD web site (DMA students submit PDF programs to ETD site and turn CDs in to the Graduate School) Student Graduate School Dissertation Supervisor Prior to deadline
16 Complete Doctoral Survey Student https://sed.norc.org/showRegister.do Before Graduation