Milestones to be Achieved

Milestones to be achieved for students admitted academic year 2015-2016 and later

 First Year

Q1

Fall

Q2

Winter

Q3

Spring

Completion of most required courses
Identification of Qualifying Paper advisor

Q4

Summer

Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

Second Year

Q5

Fall

Identification of Qualifying Paper second reader

Q6

Winter

Q7

Spring

Presentation of Qualifying Paper research to Department

Q8

Summer

Approval of complete Qualifying Paper by Qualifying Paper committee
Identification of dissertation advisor

Third Year

Q9

Fall

Q10

Winter

Q11

Spring

Identification of complete dissertation committee

Q12

Summer

Advance to candidacy:
- Completion of all course requirements
- Satisfaction of Foreign Language requirement
- Complete and successfully defend (in a closed oral defense) a Dissertation Prospectus

Fourth Year

Q13

Fall

Q14

Winter

Q15

Spring

Q16

Summer

Fifth Year

Q17

Fall

Q18

Winter

Q19

Spring

Q20

Summer

Successful oral defense of approved Dissertation
Graduate by 08/31