Registration/Dissertation/Final Exams

Final Semester Registration

  • Students are required to be registered in their final semester
  • Students are required to be registered for a minimum of 3 credits (Fall/Spring) or 2 credits (Summer) during their final semester (more if on assistantship/fellowship)
  • PhD students MUST register for HLP 7980: Advanced Doctoral Research (regardless if the required credits have been met)
  • All requirements must be met according to the UF Graduate Catalog 

Registration in Research Courses

Advanced Research (HLP 7979) is open to doctoral students not yet admitted to candidacy.  Students enrolled in HLP 7979 during the term they qualify for candidacy will stay in this registration unless the academic unit elects to change their enrollment to Research for Doctoral Dissertation (HLP 7980), which is reserved for doctoral students admitted to candidacy.  This requires a letter of petition from the major department.  This change of registration is not required for a student, as both courses count towards the students research credit requirement.



Every candidate for a doctoral degree is required to prepare and present a dissertation that shows independent investigation and is acceptable in form and content to the supervisory committee and to the Graduate School. Dissertations must be written in English and must be acceptable in form and content to the supervisory committee and to the Graduate School. The work must be of publishable quality and must be in a form suitable for publication, using the Graduate Schools’ format requirements.

Dissertation First Submission: When first presented to the Graduate School Editorial Office, the dissertation should be near-final (not a draft), completely formatted, and printed on plain paper (do not print double-sided). The Graduate School Editorial Office reviews dissertations for acceptable format and to make recommendations as needed. Students should be completely familiar with the format requirements and should work with the ETD lab to troubleshoot their files before printing out their submission for the Graduate School Editorial Office.


Final Examinations

After the submission of the dissertation and the completion of all other prescribed work for the degree, but in no case earlier than six months before the conferring of the degree, the candidate will be given a final oral examination by the supervisory committee through a meeting on campus. All supervisory committee members must be present with the candidate at the oral examination. The candidate and the entire supervisory committee must be present at the defense. The defense should be no more than six months before the degree is awarded.

All forms should be signed at the defense: the candidate and the supervisory committee chair sign the ETD Rights and Permission form; and the entire supervisory committee should sign the ETD Signature Page and the Final Examination Report. If dissertation changes are requested, the supervisory committee chair may hold the Final Examination Report until satisfied with the dissertation. Satisfactory performance on this examination and adherence to all Graduate School regulations outlined above complete the degree requirements for the doctoral degree.

Time Limitation

All work for the doctoral degree must be completed within five calendar years after successful completion of the qualifying examination or the qualifying examination must be repeated.