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Research Doctoral/Ph.D. Milestones

Timeline:

  1. Chair nominated - By the end of the 3rd week of the 1st semester.
  2. Committee formed - By the end of the 3rd semester.
  3. A Exam - At the end of the 3rd year, before beginning 7th semester.
  4. B Exam - By the end of the 14th semester. (At least 2 semesters between A and B exam)
  5. Dissertation - By the end of the 14th semester.

Details:

  Chair
Nomination
Special
Committee
A Exam B Exam Dissertation
Description Faculty member who represents
major subject
Three member committee consisting of chair
and two minor members
Examination for Admission to Candidacy Oral defense
of dissertation
Requirement of Ph.D. degree
Deadline By end of 3rd
week
of 1st
semester
By end of 3rd 
semester
  • Before beginning of 7th
    semester
    (end of 3rd year)
  • After completion of 2 semesters
  • By 14th
    semester
    (no
    more than
    7 years)
  • At least 2 semesters 
    between A & B exam
By 14th semester (no more than 7 years)
Tracking
  • Committee Formation and Deadlines
  • Graduate Students 
    w/Current Advising 
    Members
  • Committee Formation and Deadlines
  • Graduate Students 
    w/Current Advising 
    Members
  • Milestone Exam Details
  • A Exam Deadlines
  • Milestone Exam Details
  • Approaching
    Time to Degree
Provisional Degree List
Extension Can assign DGS as temporary chair 1 semester extension with petition, submitted before end of 3rd semester 1 semester extension 
with petition, 
submitted before start of 7th semester
1 semester extension with petition, submitted on 1st of the month prior to conferral 1 semester extension with petition, submitted on 1st of the month prior to conferral