Ph.D. Timeline

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.


YEAR 1

First Semester
  • Begin research
  • Participate in optional research group rotations
  • Begin coursework
Second Semester
  • Continue research
  • Finalize selection of a research group
  • Assemble the Supervisory Committee
  • Develop the Program of Study
  • Continue coursework

YEAR 2

First Semester
  • Continue research
  • Present a seminar
  • Continue coursework
Second Semester
  • Continue research
  • Complete Research Update Interview
  • Continue coursework

YEAR 3

First Semester
  • Continue research
  • Complete Original Proposal Oral exam
  • Continue coursework
Second Semester
  • Continue research
  • Present a seminar
  • Complete Coursework

YEAR 4

Second Semester
  • Continue research
  • Meet with Supervisory Committee to discuss graduation

YEAR 5

Entire Year
  • Complete research
  • Write the Ph.D. dissertation
  • Complete the Ph.D. dissertation defense
  • Submit the finalized Ph.D. dissertation
  • Conferral of the Ph.D.
PhD Grad

Graduation!