Graduate Catalog
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Graduate School Policies
Registration at the Time of Examinations and for Degree Completion

Graduate students must be registered at VT for at least the minimum number of credits (3 credit hours) in the semester or summer session when they take an examination required by Graduate School Policies and in the semester when a degree is completed (see Continuous Enrollment). Students who have a thesis/dissertation ready for defense by the beginning of a semester, may schedule that defense early in the semester and qualify for Start of Semester Defense Exception (SSDE, 1 credit); see Start of Semester Defense Exception  under Examinations and see Dates for Degree Completion at: Students are not required to be enrolled for the purpose of certificate completion alone.