Timeline for various stages in the graduate program.

WhatWhenRelevant people/committees

Study Plan
First and Second Years only

Review with Advisor first week of each fall term
Due October 1 to Graduate Coordinator
Committee on Academic Studies (CAS)
Placement ExamJanuary of first yearCAS
Course and General Background RequirementsIdeally completed by end of second yearAdvisor,CAS
TeachingIdeally completed by end of first semester, third yearAdvisor, CAS
Find research project and submit proposalBy May 15 of first yearResearch Project Supervisor, CAS
Appointment of Research Exam CommitteeOctober of second yearCAS
Completion of Research Project ReportSummer of second yearResearch Exam Committee
Research ExamTwo weeks after submission of research project report, and no later than August 31 of second yearResearch Exam Committee, CAS
Submit Thesis proposalWithin 3-4 months of completion of research examAdvisor, CAS
Appointment of Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC)Soon after submission of Thesis ProposalCAS
TAC MeetingsShould be held twice per year after appointmentTAC, CAS
PhD ThesisIdeally completed by end of five yearsAdvisor, TAC, Department office
Appointment of Final Oral Exam CommitteeWhen thesis is about to be completedCAS
Public LectureBefore thesis defenseAdvisor, Department office
Final Oral Exam (Thesis Defense)After completion of thesis, usually same day as Public LectureFinal Oral Exam Committee