Guidelines and Policies

  • All doctoral graduate students are expected to meet with their graduate committee members once a year and submit a Graduate Student Annual Progress Report as well as an Advisory Committee Annual Progress Report. These reports will form the basis for recommendation of students for departmental scholarships and awards.
  • PhD Degree Program Guidelines
  • PhD Degree Requirements Checklist
  • UWM Graduate School Academic Appeal Procedures (UWM policy requires programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.)


  • Graduate Student Annual Progress Report
  • Advisory Committee Annual Progress Report
  • Plan of Study (PhD)
  • Doctoral Transfer Credit Approval
  • Request for Exception (Use this form to request an exception from a Graduate School requirement. For example, you would submit this form to request an exception to register for only one credit during the semester you are completing your prelims. Please note that you must specify the reason you are requesting this exception AND your advisor, as well as the Graduate Program Coordinator, must submit a written response supporting the reasons for your exception request.)
  • Publishing through UWM Libraries (All UWM graduate students who submit a thesis or dissertation will use this form to allow your work to have open access through the UWM Libraries. Your thesis or dissertation will be published through Open Access Publishing by the Libraries at no additional cost.)
  • Application for Doctoral Graduation (Note: Deadline to apply for graduation is early in the semester in which you plan to graduate.)