Graduate Milestones

Ph.D. Program

1st year: take required courses, decide on a concentration area, find an advisor and start constituting a committee

2nd year: complete the first general paper (data collection/fieldwork (if applicable), proposal and writing), deadline to form a PhD committee, continue taking required courses, satisfy the first language requirement

(We strongly recommend students finish taking all the required courses by the end of year 2 in the program. However, the deadline to do so is the end of year 3 to accommodate unavoidable scheduling conflicts.)

3rd year: complete the second general paper, and take the general exam, deadline to finish taking required courses, satisfy the second language requirement

4th year: dissertation proposal (Autumn, if not included in the general exam), start dissertation research and writing

5th year: finish writing the dissertation; dissertation defense