Maintaining matriculation statuses in the Graduate Division of Religion have been converted to continuous registration effective with the fall 2012 semester.  Please carefully review the instruction summary listed below and the individual description of each status prior to registration. While all of the categories and statuses remain the same, course numbers for continuous registration have been changed.  The course department is still GDR. Also note that the new continuous registration statuses now have course credits.  However, the tuition charge for each status will remain a flat rate (Students will not be charged a per credit hour tuition rate for continuous registration.)

If you need assistance on selecting the proper continuous registration status please consult with one of the following: 1) Your academic advisor, 2) the Director of the Graduate Division of Religion, 3) The Academic Associate Dean of the Theological School.

Continuous Registration Instruction Summary

Graduate Division of Religion regulations require that all students in matriculated programs maintain enrollment until the completion of their degree program. To fulfill this requirement, each semester all graduate students who are not registered for course work or dissertation research must be either registered for a continuous registration status or on an approved leave of absence. Students should register for continuous statuses in sequence as they complete the remaining requirements for their degree program. Most statuses are non-repeatable. In some exceptional cases, students can repeat certain statuses with the approval of the GDR Chair or Academic Standing Committee.

There are a number of continuous registration statuses (including both part-time and full-time versions of each), some of which can be repeated once. Ideally, however, students should not use them all, and cannot if they are to complete their program in the seven years allowed: these seven years include two years of course work, one year of dissertation work, and up to four years (8 semesters) of continuous registration to complete comprehensive examinations and dissertation. Also, registration fees rise significantly when a student enters his or her fifth semester of continuous registration.

Students require an adviser’s signature to register for all maintaining matriculation statuses. Additional signatures are also required for certain of these statuses, as detailed below.

a. Continuous Registration for Language Preparation

Students who have been full-time while taking course work, but who cannot proceed with course work or the comprehensive examinations because they have not met the language requirement may be considered full-time students for no more than one semester while they maintain continuous registration for a particular language preparation. Students who have been less than full-time during course work will retain the same status as they maintain their continuous registration, unless a change of status is approved by the GDR Chair. Such approval may depend on submission of evidence that the circumstances which necessitated less than full-time study have changed, enabling the student to devote him/herself to a full-time schedule of study. The visa status of international students may be affected by such classification, as may the deferment of required repayment on federal student loans.

GDR CR1F 001 LANGUAGE PREP. 1ST SEMESTER  (6 credits) (Half time)
For Ph.D. students not registered for course work while preparing for the first language examination. Not repeatable.

GDR CR2F 001 LANGUAGE PREP 2ND SEMESTER (6 credits) (Half Time)
For Ph.D. students not registered for courses while preparing for the second language examination. Not repeatable.  Prerequisite:  GDR CR1F

GDR CR1P 001 LANGUAGE PREP  1st SEMESTER (3 credits)  (Part time, Less than Half-time status)
For Ph.D. students not registered for courses while preparing for the first language examination. Not repeatable.

GDR CR2P 001 LANGUAGE PREP  2nd SEMESTER (3 credits)  (Part time, Less than Half-time status)
For Ph.D. students not registered for courses while preparing for the second language examination. Not repeatable.  Prerequisite:  GDR CR1P

b. Continuous Registration for Comprehensive Exam Preparation

Students may not register for comprehensive exam preparation until they have met all their course and language requirements. Students who have been full-time while taking course work may be considered to be full-time students for two semesters while they maintain continuous registration in preparation for comprehensive examinations; for these purposes the August examination period may be considered part of the prior spring semester and the January examination period part of the prior fall semester. In special circumstances (including but not limited to failing one or more of the comprehensive examinations),a student may be considered a full-time student for one additional semester upon approval of the GDR Chair, and for a second additional semester upon successful petition to the Academic Standing Committee. Students who have been less than full-time during course work will retain the same status as they maintain continuous registration, unless a change of status is approved by the  GDR Chair. Such approval could follow on submission of evidence that the circumstances which necessitated less than full-time study have changed, enabling the student to devote him/herself to a full-time schedule of study.

GDR CR3F 001 COMP. EXAM PREP 1st SEMESTER  (6 credits)  (Half-time status)
For Ph.D. students in their first semester of comprehensive exam preparation after courses and second language certification. Not repeatable.

GDR CR4F 001 COMP. EXAM PREP 2nd SEMESTER  (6 credits)  (Half-time status)
For Ph.D. students in their second semester of comprehensive exam preparation after courses and second language certification. Not repeatable. Prerequisite: GDR CR3F or  GDR P03F

GDR CR5F 001 COMP. EXAM PREP  ADDITIONAL SEMESTER  (6 credits)  (Half-time status)
Additional Semester. GDR Chair’s approval required. In special cases for students in their third or subsequent semester(s) of comprehensive exam preparation after courses and after passing the second language. Repeatable once, by successful petition to the Academic Standing Committee. Prerequisite: GDR CR4F or GDR P04F

GDR CR3P 001 COMP EXAM PREP 1st SEMESTER  (3 credits)  (Part time, Less than Half-time status)
For Ph.D. students in their first semester of comprehensive exam preparation after courses and second language certification. Not repeatable.

GDR CR4P 001 COMP EXAM PREP 2nd SEMESTER  (3 credits)  (Part time, Less than Half-time status)
For Ph.D. students in their second semester of comprehensive exam preparation after courses and second language certification. Not repeatable. Prerequisite: GDR CR3P or GDR P03P

GDR CR5P 001 COMP. EXAM PREP. ADDITIONAL SEMESTER  (3 credits)  (Part time, Less than Half-time status)
Additional Semester. GDR Chair’s approval required. In special cases for students in their third or subsequent semester(s) of comprehensive exam preparation after courses and after passing the second language. Repeatable once, by successful petition to the Academic Standing Committee. Prerequisite: GDR CR4P or GDR P04P

c. Continuous Registration for Dissertation prospectus preparation

Students may not register for dissertation prospectus preparation until they have passed all their comprehensive exams. Ordinarily, students should take no more than one semester to prepare the dissertation prospectus. However, a second semester of continuous registration for students at this level is allowed upon presentation to the GDR Chair of a plan of study approved by the student’s adviser.

GDR CR6F 001 DISSERTATION PROSP. PREP – 1st  SEMESTER  (6 credits)  (Half-time status)
For Ph.D. students in the first semester of approved dissertation prospectus preparation or field research. Not repeatable.

GDR CR7F 001 DISSERTATION PROSP. PREP – 2nd  SEMESTER  (6 credits)  (Half-time status)
GDR Chair’s approval required. For Ph.D. students in the second semester of approved prospectus preparation or field research. Not repeatable. Prerequisite: GDR CR6F or GDR P06

GDR CR6P 001 DISSERTATION PROSP. PREP – 1st  SEMESTER  (3 credits)  (Part time, Less than Half-time status)
For Ph.D. students in the first semester of approved dissertation prospectus preparation or field research. Not repeatable.

GDR CR7P 001 DISSERTATION PROSP. PREP – 2nd  SEMESTER  (3 credits)  (Part time, Less than Half-time status)
GDR Chair’s approval required. For Ph.D. students in the second semester of approved dissertation prospectus preparation or field research. Not repeatable. Prerequisite: GDR CR6P or GDR P06P.
d. Continuous registration after dissertation year

These statuses are indicated as “after dissertation year,” and assume completion of DISST 998 and DISST 999. There are a maximum of four semesters allowed at this final continuous registration level. After the first semester, additional approval from the GDR Chair or Academic Standing Committee is required; in each case, the student must present a satisfactory plan of study that has been approved by the dissertation director. Note that those students who successfully complete their oral defense before the first day of the Fall or Spring Semester can register for GDR CR11P for a minimal fee (rather than the full continuous registration fee) in the semester that follows their oral defense.  Students will do any last revisions (if necessary) during this period and be graduated at the end of the term. 

GDR CR8F 001 AFTER DISSERTATION-YEAR WORK – 1st SEMESTER  (6 credits)  (Half-time status)
For Ph.D. students in the first semester after the dissertation year (DISST 998 and DISST 999). Not repeatable. Prerequisite: DISST 998 AND DISST 999

GDR CR9F 001 AFTER DISSERTATION-YEAR WORK – 2nd  SEMESTER  (6 credits)  (Half-time status)
GDR Chair’s approval required. For Ph.D. students in the second semester after the dissertation year (DISST 998 and DISST 999). Not repeatable. Prerequisite: GDR CR8F or GDR P08F

GDR CR10F 001 AFTER DISSERTATION-YEAR WORK – 3rd  SEMESTER  (6 credits)  (Half-time status).
GDR Chair’s approval required. For PhD students in the third semester after the dissertation year (DISST 998 and DISST 999). Repeatable once, by successful petition to the Academic Standing Committee. Prerequisite: GDR CR9F. or GDR P09F

GDR CR8P 001 AFTER DISSERTATION-YEAR WORK – 1st  SEMESTER  (3 credits)  (Part time, Less than Half-time status)
For Ph.D. students in the first semester after the dissertation year  Not repeatable. Prerequisite: DISST 998 AND DISST 999

GDR CR9P 001 AFTER DISSERTATION-YEAR WORK – 2nd  SEMESTER  (3 credits)  (Part time, Less than Half-time status).
GDR Chair’s approval required. For Ph.D. students in the second semester after the dissertation year (Prerequisite: DISST 998 and DISST 999). Not repeatable. Prerequisite: GDR CR8P or GDR P08P

GDR CR10P 001 AFTER DISSERTATION-YEAR WORK – 3rd  SEMESTER  (3 credits)  (Part time, Less than Half-time status)
GDR Chair’s approval required. For Ph.D. students in the third semester after the dissertation year (Prerequisite:  DISST 998 and DISST 999). Repeatable once, by successful approval of the Academic Standing Committee. Prerequisite: GDR CR9P or GDR P09P

GDR CR11P 001 AFTER DISSERTATION DEFENSE – REVISION SEMESTER  (3 credits)  (Part time, Less than Half-time status)
GDR Chair’s approval required. For students who have already defended their dissertation, with only minor revisions required, and await the conferral of their degree. Not repeatable.