Residency Requirement

The graduate student can fulfill the special demands of a doctoral program only by devoting a continuous period of time to concentrated study and research with a minimum of outside distraction or employment. During the second or subsequent years of graduate work in the field, at least two consecutive semesters must be completed in residence. Alternatively, this requirement may be met by combining one semester of residence plus a contiguous 12-week summer period made up of Summer Sessions I & II or Summer Session IV, if agreed upon by the Advisory Committee and the student.

It is left to the Advisory Committee to determine whether a student’s outside employment is a distraction that prevents the student from devoting essentially full-time effort to the planned program. The Advisory Committee will record this determination on the plan of study, along with a description of the nature, extent, and period(s) of outside employment during the residence period.