Satisfactory Progress

Note: These are MY requirement for satisfactory progress the university and/or other major may have more strict or lenient guidelines.  

If you are not making satisfactory progress, you will receive an email of “non-satisfactory progress” copied to the department chair.   The first notification will be serve as a warning.   The second notification will notify you that I can no longer serve as your major professor.   These will be copied to the department chair. 


IMPORTANT: Students are responsible for satisfactory progress toward the completion of their doctoral program. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress will be removed from the doctoral program.


Doctoral students are expected to manage their own educational progress. The student’s major professor, committee, and members of the graduate faculty are available to assist students in finding avenues of needed support. However, the student must be proactive in seeking this counsel and support.

Extenuating circumstances may exist that hinder a student’s ability to complete their doctoral program. The major professor must be informed as soon as possible, by the student, of circumstances that hinder progress. The student MUST obtain written approval from the major professor and appropriate paperwork must be filed in the student’s record. This provides written evidence that can use to make exception to unsatisfactory progress.


Coursework Progress

  • Student must have an approved degree plan filed with the graduate school no latter than two long semesters of the admission to the doctoral program.
  • Students must provide a written update of their doctoral program progress to their major professor at the end of each long semester.
  • Students must remove any incomplete grades within one year after receipt of the incomplete and no later than 30 days after completion of the final semester of course work.
  • Student cannot accumulate more than six semester hours of incompletes during the degree program.
  • A student cannot accumulate more than two grades of C or below, or three W or WF grades.
    Doctoral candidacy must be approved by the end of the fourth year of admission to the doctoral program.

Doctoral Candidacy (Dissertation) Progress

  • Doctoral Candidate must provide a written update of their doctoral program progress to their major professor at the end of each long semester.
  • Doctoral candidates be enrolled continuously in dissertation (6950) each of the long semester until the complete their doctoral studies. This is a graduate school requirement. Failure to enroll for two semesters can result in program removal.
  • Dissertation proposal must be approved by the end of the fifth year of admission to the doctoral program. If a longer period of time is necessary, the student must receive PRIOR written approval for an extension from their major professor. This should include a plan for submission within one year.
  • Dissertation defense must be approved by the end of the sixth year of admission to the doctoral program. If a longer period of time is necessary, the student must receive written approval for an extension from their major professor.
  • Student not defending by the end of the sixth year must file a detailed a one year doctoral program plan. This plan must be approved by the major professor and completed as approved.

Additional Expectations

  • I prescribe to the Academy of Human Resource Development’s standards on Ethics and Integrity, and Graduate Program Excellence. It is expected that the student will exhibit high standards of professional behavior, fulfilling all responsibilities of a doctoral student, understanding and demonstrating collegial behavior toward faculty, support staff, and peers.
  • Students are expected to meet all University expectations as presented in the guidelines provided by the Dean of the Graduate School and this handbook.
  • Furthermore, doctoral students are expected to attend all activities deemed appropriate and part of a doctoral education by faculty, and attendance will be considered in the evaluation of satisfactory progress. For further information on graduate school policies: http://www.unt.edu/catalog/grad/policies.htm