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Doctoral Calendar

ACADEMIC YEAR, 2013-2014

ADMISSION

Prospective doctoral student must file an application or a request for a change of program for the first semester of graduate work beyond the master's degree. No requirements for the doctoral degree can be fulfilled until the student has been admitted to the doctoral program.

DOCTORAL PROGRAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Doctoral Program Advisory Committee form, consisting of a major adviser and at least two other members of the graduate faculty, should be submitted (in duplicate) to the Graduate School immediately after or at the time of the submission of the Declaration of Intent.

CANDIDACY EXAMINATIONS

When the student has passed candidacy, the Graduate School must be notified in writing from the major adviser or department head.

DISSERTATION REGISTRATION

Each doctoral candidate must register for a minimum of 18 hours of doctoral dissertation. After passing candidacy examinations, doctoral students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of one hour of graded graduate course work or dissertation credit each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer) until the student has graduated.

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION COMMITTEE

The Doctoral Dissertation Committee form, consisting of a dissertation director and at least two other members of the graduate faculty, should be submitted (in duplicate) to the Graduate School immediately after the candidacy exam.

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION TITLE

The Doctoral Dissertation Title form, consisting of the title of the dissertation and approval by the dissertation director, should be submitted (in duplicate) to the Graduate School immediately after the candidacy exam.

PRELIMINARY COPIES OF DISSERTATION

Three copies of the dissertation should be submitted to the dissertation committee at least three (3) weeks prior to the conferral of the final oral defense. You must follow the "Guide for Preparing Theses and Dissertations" that is available at our web site grad.uark.edu/forms/degreeforms.php.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF DISSERTATION DEFENSE

Announcement of a doctoral candidate's dissertation defense must be submitted to the Graduate School at least TWO WEEKS prior to the date of the defense. To submit a dissertation defense announcement please use the Dissertation Defense Announcement form.

DISSERTATION FORMS

The following forms should be submitted ONLY with the final copies of a dissertation: Dissertation Submission Form, Intellectual Property Disclosure Form and the Survey of Earned Doctorates. These forms are available at grad.uark.edu/forms/degreeforms.php.

FINAL COPIES OF DISSERTATION

All completed forms and documentation must be submitted together to the Graduate School after the dissertation defense and final approval by the dissertation committee.   Submission must occur to the Graduate School no later than TWO WEEKS before the degree is to be conferred (July 19, 2013 for the August 2013 diploma; December 6, 2013, for the December 2013 diploma; and April 25, 2014, for the May 2014 diploma).   More information about the submission process can be found in the Guide to Theses and Dissertations at http://grad.uark.edu/dean/commencement/index.php.

APPLICATION FOR THE DEGREE

A student cannot be cleared for graduation until an application for the degree has been filed with the Registrar's Office and the appropriate graduation fee has been paid.

The degree application is now available in the Student Center of ISIS and should be submitted in the semester in which the student expects to receive the degree. For step by step instructions, please visit http://registrar.uark.edu/968.php.

You must apply for the degree with the Registrar by:

  • July 1, 2013 for an August 2013 diploma;
  • October 1 , 2013* for a December 2013 diploma;
  • March 1 , 2014* for a May 2014 diploma.

*To be included in the Fall 2013 All-University Commencement Program, you should apply by October 1, 2013. To be included in the Spring 2014 All-University Commencement Program, you should apply by March 1, 2014.

If there are any questions with regard to any of the above information, please call the Graduate School at 575-4401.