Procedures for PhD Students

Please read this general overview of tasks you will need to complete by semester:

  1. First Semester
  2. Second Semester
    • Choose an advisor.
    • Prepare for the PhD comprehensive exam
    • Take the Technical Qualifying Exam between the second and the third semester if necessary
  3. Third Semester
    • Complete RQE if entered the PhD program with a MS in Computer Science or a related field
    • Complete TQE graduate-level breadth requirement (see the handbook (Section 2.3.1)
  4. Fourth Semester
    • Complete RQE if entered the PhD program with a BS in Computer Science or a related field
  5. Fifth Semester
    • Prepare for PhD dissertation proposal
  6. Sixth Semester
    • Complete RQE if entered the PhD program with a BS or MS in an unrelated field
    • Pass dissertation proposal defense
  7. Future Semesters 
    • Begin your dissertation/thesis/report.
    • This will be the most challenging document you have ever planned, organized, and written.
    • Follow the Graduate School guidelines.
    • Follow department and advisor guidelines.