Most of our students receive their degrees at the end of the sixth year.
The typical progress toward degree is something like this:
- Students spend at least the first two years in coursework.
- The first two quarters of the third year are spent taking any remaining courses and preparing for the Oral Exam, which is scheduled in the spring quarter of the third year.
- The fourth year is spent researching and writing; the dissertation proposal is submitted by the end of the fall quarter, and the first chapter completed by the spring quarter of the fourth year. The dissertation colloquium is scheduled for the end of the fourth year.
- The fifth year is devoted to writing; students should have a significant portion of the dissertation written by the end of the fifth year, when guaranteed funding expires.
- If the degree was not conferred at the end of the fifth year, students use a sixth year to complete and polish the dissertation, and to enter the academic job market. Students must apply for external funding or take on additional teaching duties in the sixth year to receive financial support.