University policy requires that doctoral students register for at least one credit in the term in which they take their candidacy exam. Those who successfully pass their candidacy exam and become Ph.D. candidates must register for at least one credit every term until completion of the degree. Students nearing the completion of their work usually register for research or dissertation credits.
If Ph.D. candidates are not working on campus, taking courses or otherwise using campus facilities during the summer, students may petition to take the summer off by completing the summer registration release form. This form is available in the Graduate Studies Office. With the support of the supervising professor and graduate adviser and final approval granted by the Graduate Studies Office, a doctoral student may be released from the registration requirement for summer term only.