PhD Sample Program

This is a sample program for a student finishing the general PhD track in five years who has placed out of two breadth requirements. If five years is exceeded to complete the dissertation, non-resident status must be obtained. This status has funding implications. See the funding page.

YearFallIntersessionSpring Summer
1- Adv. Statistical Methods
- A formal methods course
- Research seminar
- Two other courses
- Research*
- Responsible
Conduct of Research
- Teaching Practicum
- Prof./Dept. Seminar
- Two other course
- Research for 1st Research Paper
- Summer Ind.
Research
*^
2- Teaching Practicum
- Research seminar
- Two other courses
- 1st Research Paper Due Nov. 1
- Research*- Research seminar
- Teaching Practicum
- Two other courses
- Summer Ind.
Research
*^
3- Prof./Dept. Seminar
- Teaching Practicum
- Two other courses
- Research for 2nd Research Paper
- Research*
- Design/teach course
(optional, approval required)
- Research seminar
- Teaching Practicum
- Three other courses
- 2nd Research Paper Due May 1
- Summer Ind.
Research
*^
4- Research seminar
- One other course
- Prepare Dissertation Proposal
- Research*- Research seminar
- One other course
- Dissertation Proposal Due May 1
- Summer Ind.
Research
*^
- Design/teach course
(optional, approval required)
5- Research seminar
- Prepare Dissertation for GBO Defense
- Research*- Research seminar
- Prepare Dissertation for GBO Defense
- Summer Ind.
Research
*^
- GBO Defense Due Aug. 1
* Intersession and Summer research is a continuation of research conducted throughout the year. PhD students should not register for courses/research in these terms - aside from RCR - without approval. Intersession and Summer courses often incur tuition expenses that are not covered by the PhD funding package provided by the department. Written approval is required from the advisor(s), director of graduate affairs, and the chair prior to registration.
^ Homewood student employees are exempt from FICA (Social Security tax) withholding provided they are registered at least half-time or performing independent research. Therefore, the department enrolls resident PhD student employees (who would not otherwise be registered in the summer months) into Summer Independent Research to prevent FICA from being withheld from their pay.