Doctoral Program Policies and Requirements

Doctoral Program Credit Requirements

The minimum number of credit hours to satisfy the doctoral program requirements are set for each individual program. The maximum number of credit hours taken at another institution that may count as transfer credit hours toward the doctoral program are also set by the individual doctoral programs.

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Requirements

Thesis and dissertation students must submit their manuscript in electronic format. The policies, procedures, and submission links for this are presented in detail on the College of Graduate Studies website for The Electronic Thesis and Dissertation.

Following a successful thesis/dissertation defense, the candidate must make any corrections or changes to the document that may be required by the defense committee. The student is required to submit the document as an electronic file (ETD) by the deadlines identified in the Registrar’s Calendar. Committees will then be notified that the student’s manuscript is available for their review in the Digital Commons/ETD.

Committee members read and review manuscripts for the following requirements before approving for submission to the Digital Commons:

  • Displays accurate and clear writing.
  • Complies with the degree’s style manual as found in the ETD Manual
  • Complies with the University’s format template
  • Students and committees are expected to provide a document that meets the style and writing requirements identified for their college. See ETD Manual

The College of Graduate Studies reviews documents after the committee has ap-proved the document in the Digital Commons/ETD. Documents that do not meet the style guidelines and/or do not reflect accurate and clear writing will be returned to the student/committee for revision until requirements are met.

Students will receive an email from the Digital Commons when their document has been accepted and is available for viewing in the Digital Commons/ETD. When the document has been accepted and is considered complete, the Registrar’s Office will be informed that the thesis/dissertation requirement for graduation has been completed.

All deadlines posted in the Registrar’s Academic Calendar should be met for students to graduate during the identified term.

Exclusion - Doctoral Students

A doctoral student will be denied continued enrollment at Georgia Southern University for any of the following reasons:

  1. failure to meet the conditions of academic probation;
  2. failure to meet specified academic requirements as set by the program and/or department; and/or
  3. failure to comply with the Academic Dishonesty section of the Student Conduct Code.

Grade Requirements - Doctoral Programs

To be awarded a doctoral degree, the candidate must not be on academic probation and must meet the minimum GPA requirement for the degree program.

The minimum cumulative graduate GPA to remain in good standing is set by the respective doctoral program. Doctoral students should check their program student handbook or consult with their advisor or program director about the minimum GPA requirement for their program.

A student may not repeat any course for credit for which he/she has already received a grade of "C" or better unless specifically permitted by the degree program department policy.

Practicum Requirement

Some doctoral programs may have a practicum requirement. Doctoral students should consult with their respective department/college regarding practicum requirements.

Restricted Courses

While courses numbered 6000 and above are offered for graduate credit hour, courses numbered 9000 and above are open to doctoral degree students only. Courses numbered 5000G to 5999G may be taken for graduate credit but may not be counted toward doctoral degree requirements, unless specifically prescribed as a requirement for the doctoral curriculum. Because this varies by program, please refer to the program requirements for more information.