Doctoral students are required attend classes for three consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer) to satisfy the residency requirement. Most students meet this requirement in the first year as they take their initial 18 hours with their cohort.
Only coursework taken at the doctoral level may be transferred in for credit. Any potential transfer coursework will be evaluated by your advisor and the program coordinator prior to the receipt of credit.
Students are admitted as a cohort in the fall of each year. Cohort students take the first 18 hours of core courses together — six hours in the fall, six hours in the spring, and six in a 10-week summer session. In subsequent years, students take major courses as a cohort, while research and elective courses are taken with students from other cohorts and majors.
Once admitted to the program, student are expected to be enrolled each semester. Students who are unable to enroll for a semester should request a leave of absence. To request a leave of absence, submit a Leave of Absence form to the Program Director before the first day of class of the semester for which the leave applies. Granting of leave does not automatically extend students deadlines (for meeting candidacy or graduation).