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Timelines for Degree Progress

6-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
Register for thesis credits (12 per semester)
Years 5-6 Register for thesis credits (12 per semester) 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
Regiser for thesis credits (12 per semester)
Year 4 Register for thesis credits (12 per semester)
Assign PhD Final Committee
PhD Final Defense