Dissertation Completion Enrollment
A Handbook for Graduate Students
(Revised March 2021)
The purpose of Dissertation Completion Enrollment status is contained in its name. In establishing this fully enrolled student status (normally available for no more than two years beyond a doctoral student’s regular program length), the Graduate School’s intent was to increase the number of students who finish their Ph.D. DCE status seeks to accomplish this by providing students who are making satisfactory progress with a set of regular student benefits and privileges so that they can continue to have access to the resources and remain under the guidance and mentorship of their advisers, dissertation committees, and departments.