PhD Timeline

Graduate Faculty legislation states that all requirements for the doctoral degree must be met within nine years of initial registration in a doctoral program, which falls on the last day of the 36th quarter.  For students on an approved leave of absence, milestones will be extended accordingly.

Year One
Year Two
Year Three
Year Four
Year Five
Years Six through Nine

 

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Forms to be completed

 

Year One

Q1 - Fall Full Rate (funding typically guaranteed) 3-4 units of coursework or 590 Coursework towards residency requirement.  A minimum of nine graded courses are required by TGS.  Individual programs may require more graded courses.  
Q2 - Winter 3-4 units of coursework or 590
Q3 - Spring 3-4 units of coursework or 590
Q4 - Summer 3-4 units of coursework or 590
 

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Registration

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Forms to be completed

Year Two

Q5 - Fall Full Rate (funding typically guaranteed) 3-4 units of coursework or 590 Coursework towards residency requirement.  A minimum of nine graded courses are required by TGS.  Individual programs may require more graded courses.  
Q6 - Winter 3-4 units of coursework or 590
Q7 - Spring 3-4 units of coursework or 590
Q8 - Summer 3-4 units of coursework or 590
 

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Registration

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Forms to be completed

 

Year Three

Q9 - Fall Advanced Rate (funding typically guaranteed) TGS 500 and/or coursework Coursework towards program requirements (if applicable).   Students must complete all required courses (including incomplete grades/F grade make-up) and be admitted to candidacy (PhD Qualifying Exam) by the end of the twelfth quarter. Students who have completed their program requirements will register for TGS 500 in addition to any non-required (extra) coursework.  Students who have not completed their program requirements will register for courses as determined by their program. PhD Qualifying Exam form (submitted by department.  No student entry)
Q10 - Winter TGS 500 and/or coursework
Q11 - Spring TGS 500 and/or coursework
Q12 - Summer TGS 500 and/or coursework
 

Tuition model

Registration

Milestones to be achieved

Forms to be completed

 

Year Four

Q13 - Fall Advanced Rate (funding typically guaranteed) TGS 500 in addition to non-required coursework Students must complete their Prospectus (proposal of dissertation topic) before the end of the sixteenth quarter. PhD Prospectus form (submitted by student via TGS Forms in CAESAR ; approved online by department)
Q14 - Winter
Q15 - Spring
Q16 - Summer
 

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Registration

Milestones to be achieved

Forms to be completed

 

Year Five

Q17 - Fall Advanced Rate (funding typically guaranteed) TGS 500 in addition to non-required coursework   Students who are completing their degree must complete:  (1) Application for Degree via TGS Forms in CAESAR; (2) Final Exam Form via TGS Forms in CAESAR which will be approved by the program (3) Online submission of dissertation via UMI ProQuest
Q18 - Winter
Q19 - Spring
Q20 - Summer
 

Tuition model

Registration

Milestones to be achieved

Forms to be completed

 

Years  Six through Nine

Fall Advanced Rate or Continuous Registration TGS 500 if receiving funding; TGS 512 if unfunded Degree deadline - students have 9 years from matriculation to complete the PhD degree.  Only rarely under extenuating circumstances will students be granted permission to continue beyond 9 years. Students who are completing their degree will complete the following forms:  (1) Application for Degree via TGS Forms in CAESAR; (2) Final Exam Form via TGS Forms in CAESAR which will be approved by the department (3) NRC Survey of Earned Doctorates; (4) Online submission of dissertation via UMI ProQuest
Winter
Spring
Summer

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* Those who do not complete in 9 years must enroll in TGS 513 or TGS 500 (if international student) for the remaining quarters and pay tuition accordingly.