Doctoral Degree Procedures
and Requirements for Graduation
Listed below are the procedures and the requirements of the Graduate School for earning
a doctoral degree from The Ohio State University. For further information see Part II,
Section 6 of the Graduate School Handbook. The Handbook is available electronically
on the World Wide Web at http://www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu
In order to graduate, each student must:
Satisfactorily complete the Candidacy Examination and submit the Candidacy Examination
Report form to the Graduate School.
Register and enroll for at least three graduate credit hours during the quarter in which the
Final Oral Examination is taken and the quarter in which graduation is expected.
Submit an Application to Graduate form to the Graduate School no later than the second
Friday of the quarter in which graduation is expected.
Complete a minimum of 135 graduate credit hours, at least 90 of these must be completed
beyond the master’s degree. For a master’s degree earned at another institution to count
toward the 135 hours, it must be officially transferred.
Complete the following requirements after the master’s degree has been earned or after the
first 45 hours of graduate credit have been completed. (The latter applies to programs where
a master’s degree will not be transferred)
A minimum of 45 graduate credit hours at The Ohio State University.
A minimum of three out of four consecutive quarters with an enrollment of at
least ten graduate credit hours per quarter at this university.
A minimum of 20 graduate hours over a period of at least two quarters
after admission to candidacy.
Earn a graduate cumulative point-hour ratio of at least 3.0.
Indicate approval of the dissertation draft by submitting a signed Draft Approval form and the
dissertation draft to the Graduate School at least two weeks before the date of the Final Oral
Examination. The complete, typed dissertation draft will be reviewed for format compliance in
the presence of the student (or his/her agent) when the Draft Appro