Departments’ expectations for their graduate students vary. Generally, a student who holds any of the above qualifying titles should expect to complete a particular task, such as teaching a class or running an experiment, to gain relevant career experience and to develop a relationship with a mentor for the overall pursuit of their academic degree.
A quarter-time appointment requires an average of 10 hours per week. A half-time appointment requires an average of 20 hours per week. Enrollment requirements are determined by individual departments.
Responsibilities are determined by departments and are based on specific arrangements made on an individual basis. Required enrollment is generally six to 12 hours per semester. Post-comp doctoral students are required to maintain continuous enrollment.
Continuous enrollment status as a doctoral candidate begins at the onset of term that immediately follows successful completion of the comprehensive examination. Students must maintain continuous-enrollment status during their doctoral candidacy.
Continuous enrollment status provides students with access to the following resources for dissertation completion:
- advisor support
- doctoral program committee guidance
- university research facilities
To maintain continuous enrollment, students must register for the required coursework each semester using myZou. Students who have enrollment difficulties should contact the Office of Graduate Studies’s doctoral academic advisor for registration assistance.