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Date of Last Update
7/1/2017

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  • University Academic Senate / Provost

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Provost Office

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Graduate Academic Policy on the Minimum Number of Hours Required for an Earned Doctoral Degree

FH 2.04 J

  1. Policy Statement

Policy Statement

1.  Except as provided below, a graduate degree program shall require the following minimum number of graduate credits to award a doctoral degree:

a.  Ninety (90) graduate credits beyond a baccalaureate degree.

i.  Additionally, if a student has earned a Master’s degree prior to matriculation in the doctoral program, at least forty-five (45) graduate credits beyond the Master’s degree

ii.  Forty-five (45) graduate credits earned at the University.  

2.  A doctoral degree program may require fewer credits than specified above only if consistent with academic and discipline-based norms. 

a.  Consistency with academic and discipline-based norms may be demonstrated by offering:

i.  authoritative evidence, such as accreditation, professional/academic  association standards, and/or,

ii.  documentation of prevailing practices among similar degree titles and programs, or,

iii.  a thorough and convincing rationale for a new innovative doctoral degree programs where similar programs do not exist.

b.  A doctoral degree may NOT be awarded to a student who has earned fewer than

i.  Seventy-five (75) graduate credits beyond a baccalaureate degree, or

ii.  thirty (30) graduate credits beyond the Master’s degree, if a student has earned a Master’s degree prior to matriculating in the doctoral program, or,

iii.  thirty (30) graduate credits at the University.

3.  Credit earned in a leveling course as defined in the Graduate Academic Policy on the Minimum Number of Credits Required for the Master’s Degree may not be counted toward the minimums specified in this policy.