This policy defines dissertator status and the use of the status in enrollment and tuition.
Graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree.
To be eligible for dissertator fee status, a student must:
A doctoral student who adds a master's degree program outside the doctoral program cannot be a dissertator.
Dissertator status becomes effective at the start of the semester or term following completion of all dissertator requirements referenced in the Eligibility section. All requirements must be met before the first day of classes to be considered dissertator status for the semester or term. A student may confirm their status by contacting their graduate program coordinator.
To retain dissertator status, a student must enroll in exactly three credits. A student who enrolls in more or less than three credits will be removed from dissertator status. During the summer term, a dissertator who is enrolled in the general 8-week session for three credits may request an overload for one to two additional credits in a short session and still retain dissertator status. For such requests to be approved, the course must be related to dissertation research or professional training that is not offered in regular semesters.
The removal of dissertator status may have the following consequences:
If a dissertator pursues a graduate degree or certificate in another area, the dissertator fee status will be discontinued and regular graduate fees will be assessed, with possible consequences listed above.