Typical Timetable

Year 1

  • Provisional advisor assigned upon entering the program
  • Completion of core courses and three quarters of residence
  • Principal Advisor in place by the end of the spring quarter
  • Research identified, proposed and presented in ESS practicum
  • Completion of ESS Comprehensive Exam, with recommendation to continue for the Ph.D.
  • Summer research based on practicum proposal, following comprehensive exam.
  • International students are expected to pass English exam.

Year 2

  • Appointment of Advancement Committee
  • Serve as teaching assistant
  • Complete Advancement to Candidacy Examination with recommendation for advancement as Ph.D. candidate

Years 3 through 5

  • Complete teaching assistant requirements
  • Dissertation research and writing
  • Submission of an acceptable doctoral dissertation
  • Dissertation defense