Timelines for Degree Progress

5-Year Plan

Example of a timeline for students entering the program without an MA:

Year Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 Begin coursework Work on completing required coursework for MA
Year 2 Required coursework, conference presentations
Work on Star Paper
Submit MA GDP
Required coursework, conference presentations
Work on Star Paper
Qualifying Evaluation
Year 3 Coursework for PhD requirements, second publishable paper
Prepare exam reading lists
Coursework for PhD requirements
Prelim Written Exams
Submit PhD GDP
Year 4 Must complete all coursework
Assign Prelim Committee well in advance of exams
Prelim Oral Exams & Prospectus
ABD
Year 5 ABD
Assign PhD Final Committee
PhD Final Defense

4-Year Plan

Example of a timeline for students entering the program with an MA:

Year Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 Begin coursework Required coursework, conference presentations
Work on Star Paper
Qualifying Evaluation
Year 2 Required coursework, conference presentations, work on publishable papers
Prepare exam reading lists
Required coursework, conference presentations, work on publishable papers
Submit PhD GDP
Prelim Written Exams
Year 3 Must complete all coursework
Assign Prelim Committee well in advance of exams
Prelim Oral Exam & Prospectus
ABD
Year 4 ABD
Assign PhD Final Committee
PhD Final Defense

PhD Language Requirements

For Hispanic or Lusophone Literature/Culture students, proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese as well as a good reading knowledge and oral comprehension in the minor language is required. Other languages may be substituted with the approval of the Adviser if such substitution(s) strengthen the student's program.

For Hispanic Linguistics students, proficiency in a second Ibero-Romance language (or another language related to the student's research with permission of the Adviser) and reading knowledge of a third language or LAT 1001 within the past four years (or a directed study in Latin).

Please note that each program has its own standards for language certification. If a student is fulfilling the requirement in a language other than Spanish or Portuguese, he or she should consult with the DGS or Program Coordinator of that department. All students must submit language certification forms to GSSP along with their Graduate Degree Plans. These forms are available online (grad.umn.edu/students/gssp) or from the Graduate Program Coordinator.