Doctor of Philosophy

The table below shows a detailed timeline of items that you need to complete in order to obtain a degree and prepare for arrival on campus. Click on the buttons for more information.

You can check the Current Students area of MyMichiganTech for a detailed checklist of items that are required for you at this time, and see a list of items that are complete or pending for each degree you are pursuing. See the Graduate School's online tutorial for help with MyMichiganTech.

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Before you arrive on campus Arrange for housing (not applicable for online students) Details Why?
  Consult with graduate program director and/or advisor for proper course selection Details Why?
  Submit your arrival information on MyMichiganTech to notify International Programs and Services (IPS) of your travel plans (International students only) Details Why?
  Upload your photo for your HuskyCard (optional) Details Why?
When you arrive on campus Obtain a HuskyCard Details Why?
  Report to International Programs and Services (international students only) Details Why?
  Complete Basic Responsible Conduct of Research Training Details Why?
  Submit official proof of previous degrees earned Details Why?
  Submit Patent, research, and proprietary rights agreement form on MyMichiganTech Details Why?
Every year Provide proof of health insurance or pay for University policy (on campus students only) Details Why?
  Obtain a parking permit for any vehicle you desire to park on MTU property Details Why?
Every fall and spring semester until your degree is complete   Register for courses Details Why?
Pay your bill Details Why?
Confirm your enrollment Details Why?
Every summer session you are a supported student, plan to complete your degree, or defend   Register for courses Details Why?
Pay your bill Details Why?
Confirm your enrollment Details Why?
First semester Complete Campus Clarity training Details Why?
First (post master's) or second (post baccalaureate) semester Select advisor by submitting the Advisor and committee recommendation form Details Why?
Second or third academic semester Complete Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research Training Details Why?
Second (post master's) or fourth (post baccalaureate) semester Appoint advisory committee by submitting the Advisor and committee recommendation form Details Why?
Third (post master's) or fourth (post baccalaureate) semester Pass qualifying examination and record results Details Why?
Fourth (post master's) or sixth (post baccalaureate) semester Pass research proposal examination and record results Details Why?
Semester coursework is complete OR semester before you want to enter research mode Submit Degree schedule to Graduate School Details Why?
Due one week before semester you wish to enter research mode Submit Petition to enter research mode (optional) Details Why?
Semester of planned degree completion Submit Commencement application form if you wish to participate in commencement (fall/spring semester only) Details Why?
Submit Degree completion form to Graduate School Details Why?
  Pick up diploma folder Details
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Pick up Graduate School pin
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When you leave campus or complete a degree Submit the Graduate student workspace cleanout form on MyMichiganTech Details Why?
Four weeks before your defense - Sixth (post master's) or tenth (post baccalaureate) semester

Plan for your defense - Work with your committee to find a date and time that works for everyone then work with your department to schedule a room for your defense

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Two weeks before your defense Schedule your defense by submitting the Pre-defense form Details Why?
  Submit complete defense draft of your dissertation to the Graduate School Details Why?
  Submit complete defense draft of your dissertation to your advisor and committee Details Why?
Day of defense Publicly defend your dissertation  Details Why?
  Bring copy of Report on final oral examination form to defense Details Why?
Post-defense (see deadlines for upcoming semesters) Make all required technical corrections from advisor and committee Details Why?
  Make all required formatting corrections from Graduate School Details Why?
  Submit the Approval of a dissertation, thesis, or report form Details Why?
Within one week of submitting the Approval of a dissertation, thesis, or report form and by the deadline for the semester you wish to complete your degree Submit dissertation to Digital Commons Details Why?
Submit dissertation to ProQuest Details Why?
Before completing degree Complete Survey of Earned Doctorates (required) Details Why?
  Complete Exit Survey Details Why?
After dissertation is approved by Graduate School Pay fees (if needed) Details Why?
Within two weeks after the end of the semester Watch your e-mail or MyMichiganTech for notification that your degree is awarded Details Why?
Two months after the end of the semester Watch your e-mail for notification that your diploma is ready Details Why?
One month after Degree is awarded Check Digital Commons to see your published dissertation Details Why?