The following timeline gives the deadlines and schedule for the various components of the 5-year PhD program. Each academic year begins on September 1 and ends on August 31.


(* = required to remain in good standing)

Year 1

By Aug 31
*Six courses completed, with an A- average.

Year 2

By Aug 31
*Twelve courses completed, with an A- average.
*All breadth course requirements satisfied.

Year 3 

By Sep 30
*Thesis Committee constituted.
*Research reading list submitted.
*Nature and timing of the research tool requirement determined.
*Qualifying form submitted.

By Feb 15
*Qualifying paper submitted.

By March 31
*Written qualifying exam taken

By Apr 15
*Oral qualifying exam taken.
*Qualifying requirement satisfied.

 By Aug 31
Logic requirement satisfied.

 Year 4

[Term TBD]
Professional Development Seminar (for those wishing to use the Department Placement Service for job applications).

 By Aug 31
*Research Tool requirement satisfied.

Year 5

Job market.

By Aug 31
Thesis submitted.  (School of Graduate Studies deadline.  For the policy on extensions of the PhD program, see Policy on Extensions of the PhD Program.)