This is a suggested timeline for degree milestones, and does not reflect the degree milestone deadlines set by the Graduate School. For detailed information, and specific deadlines please reference PhD Requirements.
|Coursework||Develops subject-knowledge within area of study.||
Specific to program. See program webpages.
|It is recommended that students complete their coursework by the end of their 6th semester.|
|Select Advisor||Develops subject-knowledge within area of study.||Faculty with Graduate Faculty Status and a regular or affiliated appointment in student's administrative home department or college. At start, may be graduate program director.||Permanent advisor must be chosen within two academic-year semesters.|
|Select Advisory Committee||Advises student on courses/research, provides cognate expertise, contributes diverse perspectives, and promotes cross-disciplinary communications.||Faculty with Graduate Faculty Status. Minimum of one from outside student's academic home department or college.||It is recommended that the committee be appointed within must be chosen within 2 (post-master's) or 4 (post-bachelor's) academic semesters.|
|Pass Qualifying Exam||Test of disciplinary knowledge.||
|Pass Research Proposal Examination||Test of capability to conduct independent research.||
||Recommended: Within 6 (post-master's) or 10 (post-bachelor's) academic semesters.|
|Apply for Candidacy||Allows students who have completed certain degree milestones to register for research credits at a reduced tuition rate.||Students must submit an application to enter candidacy following completion of qualifying exam and research proposal exam.||It is recommended that students apply for candidacy by the beginning of their 7th semester.|
|Prepare Dissertation and Pass Final Oral Examination||Written description and public defense of research.||Schedule final oral examination ("defense") at least two weeks ahead of time, submit dissertation to committee and Graduate School, and submit report on final examination.||Recommended: Within 6 (post-master's) or 10 (post-bachelor's) academic semesters.|
|Complete Degree Requirements||Leads to awarding of degree.||Final dissertation approved.||Required: Within 8 years after start.|