The time for completion of a Ph.D. varies, four to six years is typical. A sample timeline under the Research First program is broken down in milestones for students as below.
First year (G1): complete core course in Chemistry; selection of a lab & a supervisory committee; first year of seminar
- Summer before first semester (optional): research rotations
- First Semester: research rotations; selection of a lab; take core courses
- Second Semester: selection and first meeting of supervisory committee; selection of course work for Program of Study.
Second year (G2): continue/complete all course work;Research Update Interview (RUI).
- First Semester:Present a seminar.
- Second Semester: Research Update Interview with supervisory committee for progress assessment and classification.
Third year (G3): Original Proposal Oral exam (OPO)
- First Semester: Original Proposal Oral exam with supervisory committee.
- Second Semester: Present a seminar.
Fourth year (G4): evaluate research progress
- Second Semester: meeting with supervisory committee; discussion of time to graduation
Complete research; write thesis; final defense of thesis work and examination by supervisory committee; Ph.D. conferred