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Coursework

The minimum doctoral degree graduation requirements outlined by the University are listed below; bear in mind, however, that individual departments may have additional requirements for doctoral degree programs. Familiarize yourself with your department’s graduate handbook and consult with your advisor to fulfill all requirements. Remember that ignorance of a rule is not accepted as a basis for waiving that rule.

  1. A minimum of 48 credit hours of graduate credit course work (certain graduate programs require more credit hours).
  2. Must be enrolled in at least one credit hour of graduate credit in the semester in which the doctoral comprehensive examination is taken.
  3. At least 24 credit hours of graduate credit course work must be completed at the University of New Mexico.
  4. At least 18 credit hours graduate credit course work must be completed at the University of New Mexico after admission to the doctoral program.
  5. A minimum of 18 hours of graduate credit course work must be earned in the University of New Mexico courses numbered 500 or above.
  6. No more than 6 credit hours of course work in which a grade of C (2.0), C+ (2.33) or CR (grading option selected by student) was earned may be credited toward a graduate degree. Courses offered only on a CR/NC basis and required by the graduate program are excluded from this limitation. (See Grade Requirements for Graduation policy.)
  7. No more than 50% of the required course credit hours at the University of New Mexico may be taken with a single faculty member. (Course work that has been completed for the master’s degree is included in this limit.)
  8. A minimum of 18 credit hours of dissertation credit hours (699) is required for the doctorate.
  9. Doctoral candidates must be enrolled the semester in which they complete degree requirements, including the summer session.