Doctoral Degree Requirements
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Program of Study – a form listing the courses that will be applied towards the Ph.D.; only for students in programs that do not require a Qualifying Examination; should be submitted after the first year of enrollment
Certification of Foreign Language / Computer Competence – not required for all degree programs; should be submitted once the requirement has been met
Report on Qualifying Examination – verification of results of the Qualifying Exam; must include curriculum outline of courses completed and to be completed for the Ph.D.; should be submitted after the second year of full‐time enrollment
Report on General Examination – verification of results of the General Exam; must include curriculum outline of courses completed and to be completed for the Ph.D. unless there are no changes to what was approved at the time of the Qualifying Examination. Due to the Graduate School at least the semester prior to the semester in which you will be graduating (Fall: May 15, Spring: October 1, Summer: March 1)
Application for Graduation - How a student is officially added to the University graduation list. Complete on the Registrar's website. Due October 1 for Fall, March 1 for Spring, and July 1 for Summer.
Dissertation Approval Form – evidence of approval by committee; title on the form must be identical to the title as it appears on the manuscript; due three weeks before Commencement. Please see the Thesis and Dissertation Format Manual
ProQuest Author Agreement Form – ProQuest Dissertation Publishing is the agency that microfilms our dissertations. You pay for the cost of the microfilming when you pay your graduation fees. You must complete the author agreement form in order for ProQuest to process your manuscript
Two microform copies are stored in separate climate and humidity controlled vaults which meet all Library of Congress qualifications. Each microform copy meets exacting ANSI standards, and the digital copy is backed up in several locations. Each approach will ensure the long term preservation of your dissertation or thesis).
Although the Graduate School collects the fees and agreement forms for distribution, PQIL is an agency independent of the University of New Orleans. Any agreement between students and PQIL for optional services such as copyright registration, or discounted copies of your dissertation, in addition to the decision on options of access are also independent of UNO. Students are encouraged to make copies of the Author Agreement form for their records before turning them in to the Graduate School office.
Survey of Earned Doctorates – The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) began in 1957–58 to collect data continuously on the number and characteristics of individuals receiving research doctoral degrees from all accredited U.S. institutions. The SED is sponsored by the following 6 federal agencies: National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Students admitted prior to Fall 2012
Students admitted or re-admitted after a 5-year absence Fall 2012 and thereafter