Checklist /Timeline for Ph.D. Program

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Description of Action Required Anticipated
Month/Year of
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1. Admission Requires a Master of Science degree program in an engineering or science field. Exceptional students may be admitted directly from a baccalaureate program in engineering, science or mathematics. Admission requirements are summarized in detail in the Ph.D. Handbook.
[COE-PHD-01 Ph.D. Program Handbook of Policies and Procedures]
2. Read the Ph.D. Handbook Read the handbook carefully and use this checklist in order to familiarize yourself with the required steps in your program. First Semester
3. Identify a Faculty Advisor By the beginning of the first Ph.D. semester, identify a faculty advisor.

1. If you do not have a faculty advisor, the Ph.D. Committee will assign you an interim advisor.
2. A permanent advisor must be identified by the beginning of the third semester of course work.
First Semester (a)

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Third Semester (b)
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4. Ph.D. Program Checklist (this form) By the beginning of your first semester, meet with your advisor or Ph.D. Program Coordinator and fill out the anticipated dates of completion of each Ph.D. Program step in the boxes on the right. Make a copy of this form for your records, and submit this form with your signature and your advisor’s signature to the Ph.D. Program Office.
[COE-PHD-02 Ph.D. Degree Program Checklist]
First Semester
5. Qualifying Examinations

1. Full time students are required to take the qualifying examinations at the conclusion of the second semester of coursework.

2. Part time students are required to have taken all of their qualifying examinations by the conclusion of the fourth semester of coursework.

Exam Dates: Fall/Spring Semesters – Second Wednesday (Math) and Friday (Discipline) of the 2nd week of each semester.

Students must register to take the examinations by filling out the registration form and submitting it to the Graduate Program Office at least 60 days before the dates of the examination(s).
[COE-PHD-04 Application for Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations]Students must register to take the examinations by filling out the registration form and submitting it to the Graduate Program Office at least 60 days before the dates of the examination(s).

The qualifying examinations procedure is fully described in the referenced handbook which should be carefully studied prior to registering for the exams.
[COE-PHD-03 Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations Guidelines]

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6. Form Advising Committee By the beginning of your third semester of coursework (fifth semester for part-time students) identify your advising committee and submit the form with verification (either in writing or by email) that each committee member is willing to serve on the committee. The regulations for forming the advising committee are detailed in the Ph.D. Program Handbook.
[COE-PHD-05 Ph.D. Appointment of Advising Committee]
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Part-Time

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7. Plan of Study By the beginning of the third semester of coursework (fifth semester for part-time students), meet with your advisor and advising committee and establish your plan of study for coursework and any extraordinary requirements established by your committee. After the signatures of your advisor and the advising committee are obtained, submit the original Plan of Study form to the Ph.D. Program Office.
[COE-PHD-06 Ph.D. Plan of Study]
[COE-PHD-06.1 Prior Course Approval]
[COE-PHD-06.2 Permission To Change Plan of Study]
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Part-Time

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8. Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination is normally taken after the fourth semester of coursework (sixth semester for part-time students), when the student has completed most of the formal coursework and other requirements outlined in her/his Plan of Study. The elements are:


1. Written Examination (Dissertation Proposal)
2. Written Examination—Disciplinary topics (optional)
3. Oral Comprehensive Examination

Request to take the Comprehensive Examination must be made by submission of the referenced form to the Ph.D. Program Office at the time of submission of the Dissertation Proposal to the committee. The Oral Comprehensive Examination will be scheduled at least 30 days after submission of the application and written proposal.
[COE-PHD-07 Application for Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination]

[COE-PHD-07.1 Instructions for Oral Portion of the Comprehensive Examination]

Full-Time

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Part-Time

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9. Advancement of Candidacy Prior to the final Oral Defense, the student must formally submit an application for candidacy which must be approved and signed by the student, advisor, and Ph.D. Program Coordinator. This form confirms that all requirements except the final defense have been met.
[COE-PHD-08 Application for Admission to Ph.D. Degree Candidacy]
10. Final Oral Defense The defense is scheduled by submitting the referenced form to the Ph.D. Program Office and must be scheduled at least 6 months after the Comprehensive Examination, and at least 30 days after submitting a satisfactory dissertation draft to the advising committee.
[COE-PHD-09 Application for Final Oral Examination]
11. Final Dissertation Submission A printed and signed copy of the final dissertation must be submitted to the Ph.D. Program Office at least 14 days prior to the official end of the semester in which the student wishes to graduate. The official formatting requirements may be found in the referenced document.
[COE-PHD-10 Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Guide]  PDF  /  Word
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