Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE)

Enrolled Ph.D. students who have not completed their degree within their department's normal program period (either four or five years, as specified by the department and the Graduate School) may have the opportunity to be enrolled for up to two additional years in Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) status.  This status was instituted specifically for the purpose of helping a student complete the dissertation.  Students in DCE status are not eligible to take courses.

For more information about the policies, requirements, and status change procedure, related to DCE status, please see the DCE Handbook 2022-2023

DCE status ends:

  • When a student completes and successfully defends the dissertation;
  • When a student chooses not to reapply for reenrollment;
  • When the two-year limit of DCE eligibility has expired;
  • When a student does not maintain continuous enrollment or does not make degree progress.

For information on tuition and fees support for graduate students who are enrolled in DCE status, please see Financial Support for Students in DCE status.