All graduate students are expected to enroll and pay tuition and fees by the twelfth class day of the fall and spring semesters of each academic year until graduation. If the student has been admitted to candidacy for a doctoral degree, registration in the dissertation course, the equivalent, or International Independent Study and Research is required. The dissertation course is a two-semester course sequence (-99R followed by -99W). The first, or R (for research), course may not be repeated. The second, or W (for writing), course must be registered for continuously during the spring and fall semesters until the degree is completed. Students must register for at least two semesters of dissertation. An asterisk denoting "In Progress" must be assigned until the dissertation has been completed and Credit or No Credit reported. See Grades.
To assist doctoral candidates in meeting the continuous registration requirement, the Graduate School will automatically register eligible students for the spring and fall semesters. Students who have financial or nonfinancial bars will not be registered by the Graduate School. Doctoral candidates who wish to be enrolled during a summer session may register via the Registrar's online services or by calling 512-475-9800. Registration in International Independent Study and Research satisfies the continuous registration requirement for doctoral students in candidacy.
The only alternative to continuous registration is a leave of absence. For information, see Leaves of Absence.
If the student fails to register and has not been granted a leave of absence by the twelfth class day, the student must apply to be readmitted to the graduate program and pay a readmission application fee of $50. The application for readmission will be reviewed by the program's Graduate Studies Committee, which may choose to readmit or deny readmission. Readmission applications for students who left the university on warning or dismissal status or who have a Graduate School bar also require the approval of the Graduate Dean. See Readmission for Graduate Students.