Graduate

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree requirements

  • Minimum of two consecutive semesters of registration as a full-time, resident graduate student.
  • Successful passing of the Doctor of Philosophy Board Oral Examination.
  • Dissertation approved by at least two readers and certified by them to be a significant contribution to knowledge and worthy of publication.
  • Certification by the Program Director that all requirements have been fulfilled.
  • Submission of a dissertation to the library that adheres to the Doctor of Philosophy Board Dissertation Guidelines.
  • The program may determine the allowable time to complete degree requirements but in no case may that time exceed 12 years. Any approved leave of absence would not count toward the 12 years.

Timeline for Degree Milestones

The Doctoral Board Oral (DBO) examination should be completed around the end of the second year (no later than 30 months from matriculation).

Within 6 months after passing the DBO the student and advisor are expected to form a thesis committee. The first thesis committee meeting should be held approximately six months, and no later than 12 months, after completing the DBO. In the event that a student does not pass the DBO in their first attempt, the first thesis meeting should be held no later than 6 months after passing the DBO.

In the event that a student changes thesis labs, the first thesis meeting should be held no later than 9 months after joining the new lab. The student, new thesis advisor, and Program Director will formulate a revised timeline for completion of degree based on circumstances.

It is expected that students will meet annually with their thesis committees. Student, advisor and committee members must complete and sign Thesis Committee Meeting form that contains written feedback on the student’s progress.

After completion of Year 6 (72 months post-matriculation), meetings should be held semi-annually at which Program Director’s designee (other than the student’s mentor) must be present.

A terminal masters will be recommended if PhD is not complete by end of year 8, unless the Program Director grants permission for continued study. [NOTE: Official leaves of absence are not included].

Labs with delinquent students will be closed to rotation students unless the Program Director grants permission.