All applicants, including current BYU students, are required to obtain a Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement for each new academic year. Education PhD students must have their endorsements completed, submitted, and processed by the Honor Code Office before they can register for fall semester or any semester thereafter. Priority registration for the following fall semester can begin in early April. To avoid registration delays, education PhD students should complete and submit their endorsements to the Honor Code Office by April 15.

LDS Students

LDS students may only be endorsed by the bishop of the ward (1) in which they live or (2) in which their current Church membership record is maintained.

Non-LDS Students

Non-LDS students are to be endorsed by (1) their local ecclesiastical leader if the student is an active member of the congregation, (2) the bishop of the LDS ward in which they currently reside, or (3) the non-denominational BYU chaplain.


Whether on or off campus or between semesters, all PhD students are expected to abide by the Honor Code, which includes the Academic Honesty Policy, the Dress and Grooming Standards, and the Residential Living Standards. They must be in good Honor Code standing to graduate.

LDS education PhD students must fulfill their duty in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, attend Church meetings, and abide by the rules and standards of the Church on and off campus. Those who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are expected to maintain the same standards of conduct. They are encouraged to participate in services of their preferred religion.