You are encouraged to follow the prescribed timeline for meeting program milestones. Your progress will be monitored by the program. Focus area chairs will be notified should you fall behind the timeline.

Program Milestones: In addition to the suggested timeline, certain program milestones carry deadlines for completion. Please see the program milestone policies for details. Milestone deadlines and associated consequences are listed below the timeline chart.

Activity Deadline
Select dissertation advisor End of first semester
Submit program of study
Identify dissertation committee
End of second semester
Apply for program qualification End of first year
Apply for candidacy exam After completion of coursework
Apply for research proposal exam After completion of coursework
Conduct dissertation seminar Prior to dissertation defense
Submit journal article Prior to dissertation defense
Apply for graduation Within the first three weeks of semester of intended graduation
(check with Graduate School for deadline date)
Distribute copies of dissertation to dissertation committee and focus area chair Two weeks before dissertation defense
Dissertation defense