Dissertator Status

After you have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree, except for the Dissertation, you are classified by the Graduate School as a dissertator. To be eligible for dissertator status, the Graduate School requires that you:

  1. Pass the Preliminary Examination
  2. Complete 32 UW-Madison graduate level credits (300 or above courses)
  3. Complete all Program requirements except the Dissertation and teaching requirement
  4. Clear all Incomplete (I) or Progress (P) grades in non-research classes.