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