Section 7.1: General Information


While the well-prepared doctoral candidate may expect to meet formal course requirements (exclusive of dissertation) for the doctoral program by completing a minimum of two years of full-time work beyond the bachelor’s degree, departments/schools may require more extensive preparation where needed. In order to qualify for a doctoral degree, students must present a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, or 60 hours beyond the master’s degree. These hours may include registration for coursework, individual investigation or research courses and dissertation. Only work of high quality is approved for doctoral credit.

Residency requirements are determined by the graduate program.


A student who has been admitted to and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree may apply for a master’s degree in the same department/school in which the doctorate is to be taken. Upon certification that the student has met the requirements for the master’s degree in that department/school, the degree may be awarded. The total number of graduate hours required for the doctorate shall not be altered thereby.


It is expected that the doctoral degree students entering KSU with a baccalaureate will complete the degree in no more than 10 years. Normally, doctoral degree students entering with a master’s degree will complete the degree in no more than nine years. Students proceeding from the bachelor’s degree will normally pass the candidacy examination within five years, and students already possessing a master’s degree will pass the candidacy examination within four calendar years of the first graduate registration at KSU.  A doctoral candidate is expected to satisfactorily complete the dissertation and pass the final oral examination within five calendar years after having passed the candidacy examination. Individual disciplines may have shorter time limits, and students should consult with their specific program.

Candidates for the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree must successfully complete all graduation requirements within six years of their initial matriculation. The six-year limitation includes any leaves of absence, withdrawals or any other interruptions of the students' program.

When an extension of any of these time limits seems to be necessary and proper, the student and advisor will petition the student’s department/school for an extension. The extension may be denied, in which case the student will be dismissed, or it may be granted with qualification. The student, advisor and academic college dean must be informed of the decision in writing. If the extension exceeds one year, the approval of the academic college dean is required. Requests for time extensions exceeding one year must be submitted to the academic college dean with evidence that the degree candidate is current in his/her field of study.