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Advanced Graduate Handbook

Time Limits, Residency, and Full-Time Status  (Ph.D., Ed.D.)

Time Limits

All coursework taken after admission to the Ph.D. or Ed.D. program and before admission to candidacy must be completed within four (4) academic years for those entering with a Master's degree.

After admission to candidacy, the student has four (4) academic years to obtain the doctoral degree.

Consult the USF Graduate Catalog appropriate to the year of admission or reinstatement for applicable time limits.


Doctoral students must spend at least one academic year of residence on the Tampa campus.  An academic year's residency will be defined as a minimum of 9 credit hours of graduate work per semester, 2 semesters within a 12-month period.  Individual programs may have additional requirements on the Program of Study form. Any change in these dates must be approved by the student's doctoral committee and submitted in writing to the COEDU Coordinator of Graduate Studies at least one semester before residency is to occur.  It will be the responsibility of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies to certify, at the time of application for graduation, that the residency requirement has been met.

Additionally, Ph.D. students must be engaged in no more than half-time employment during their semesters of residence.

Full-Time Status

Full-time students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 semester hours (Fall and Spring) and 6 semester hours (Summer). During the summer semester, students may achieve full-time status by enrolling in more than one session (i.e., A, B, C sessions), if class schedules do not conflict.



Handbook Contents

Advanced Handbook
Table of Contents

General Degree Info.

Program Descriptions
& Requirements


Qualifying Exams

Admission to Candidacy


Faculty Advisors

IRB Requirements



Financial Assistance


Adv Grad Forms


Most forms are available on the COEDU website.  Go to the homepage, click on "Adv Grad forms" under "Important Information."

OR check the "Forms" web page of USF Graduate Studies

Thesis & Dissertation
(on Graduate Studies website)





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