Ph.D. Residency Requirements

Every Ph.D. student must spend at least one academic year in full-time residence at the University during the course of the program, preferably before passing the comprehensive coursework. One academic year of full-time residence means two consecutive semesters (Fall-Spring or Spring-Fall) during which the student carries a full-time load (i.e., a minimum of 9 credit hours, which may include dissertation) and has no obligation to an employer—other than the Department, and even then on at most a half-time basis—to perform any service other than progress toward the degree. During this period, the student must register for CS 592, take appropriate classes, and meet with faculty members to discuss progress toward the degree.