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Registration Procedures


Continuing students enrolled in the College at any time during the previous calendar year are eligible to register for courses.  Continuing students register via Campus Connect.

Registration in Courses in Other Colleges or Schools

Graduate students may be permitted to register for courses offered in other Colleges or Schools at the University.  Contact the College's Office of Advising and Student Services for more information.

Residence Registration

Whether in residence or not, all admitted graduate students, at either the master’s level or doctoral level who will use the facilities of the University (library, laboratory, etc.) or who will consult with faculty members regarding final projects, theses, scholarly leadership projects, or dissertations must be registered for coursework each quarter.   

Doctoral students must spend at least three consecutive quarters beyond the master's level in full-time study at DePaul University.  Full-time study is defined as registration of eight quarter hours in a quarter.  With prior approval of the department, the student may satisfy residence by coursework, by participation in seminars, or by research performed off-campus.  To reflect the diversity of graduate study for the PhD degree at stages other than the residency stage, doctoral candidates are full-time students who are registered for Independent Study (four hours); for Dissertation Research (four hours); or for Candidacy Continuation or Candidacy Maintenance (non-credit bearing).

Candidacy Continuation

Students who have completed their coursework but who must take extra time to complete the requirements for their final project, master's thesis, DNP project, or dissertation; must enroll in candidacy continuation courses each quarter of the academic year until the final project, master's thesis, DNP project, or dissertation requirement has been completed. This course carries part-time student status and is non-credit bearing. 

Candidacy Maintenance

Placeholder course for students not actively working on their final project, master's thesis, DNP project, or dissertation. This course is meant only to maintain university student status and to avoid being discontinued.  It is non-credit bearing, and it will not give the student full- or part-time student status.  It will not permit deferment of student loans.