Registration Requirements

There are three registration requirements that a doctoral student must fulfill. Unless otherwise noted below, these requirements are applicable only to fall and spring semesters:

  • Until a student passes the comprehensive examination, the student must register for at least one credit per semester until graduation, even after completing all the credit requirements. After passing the comprehensive examination and after completing all course requirements, students must register for IE 601 (on-campus) or IE 611 (off-campus) every semester, until graduation.
  • Between admission to the Ph.D. program and completion of the Ph.D., a student must spend at least two consecutive semesters (which may include the semester in which the student is admitted) as a full-time student (registering for at least 9 credits), engaged in academic work at the University Park campus. These could be a spring-fall or a fall-spring semester sequence.
  • A student must be registered for at least one credit in the semesters in which the student schedules the qualifying examination, comprehensive examination, or the final oral examination (including summer). Scheduling each of the comprehensive and the final oral examinations must be done at least two weeks before the date of the respective examination.

Contact Information:

  • Graduate Programs Office
    344 Leonhard Building
    University Park, PA 16802



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The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

310 Leonhard Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-7601

FAX: 814-863-4745