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Steps to the PhD

First Year


-Guidance and Speak Exams 

-Register for courses 

-Courses – grad and equivalents to guidance exam 

-Explore divisions and groups 

-Courses – grad and equivalents to guidance exam 

-Select research advisor and division 

-Pass all guidance areas by end of semester 

-Begin intensive research efforts 

Second Year

-Graduate courses 

-Start cume exams in major area 

-Select Research Committee, file Plan of Study 


-Graduate courses 

-Pass 2 cume exams by April (out of 8 exams) 



Third Year

-Pass 6 by April (out of 16 exams) 

-3 may be out of major area 

-Abstract to research committee for approval by 8th week after passing 6th cume 

-Write proposal and provide to committee 

-Oral defense to committee before 6 months after passing 6th cume 

Fourth and Following Years

- Must meet ETD submission standards