Students in the Ph.D. program typically take three to five years to obtain their degree.

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

Year 2

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

Years 3-5

  • Complete teaching assistant requirements
  • Meet with committee annually
  • Dissertation research and writing
  • Approval and submission of doctoral dissertation
  • Dissertation defense