Ph.D. timeline

Please visit the graduate school website for more detailed Ph.D. student information.

The timeline below intended to serve as a year-by-year guide for Ph.D. students.  Each box lists annual milestones and mandatory reporting requirements.  The leftmost column shows coursework, the middle column shows key milestones and corresponding forms to be submitted, and the rightmost column shows annual review forms which must be completed by the student and advisor every year the student is in the program. 

Year 1
Milestones: Identify Advisor & File Plan of Work

Fall / Winter / Spring
10cr / 10cr / 2cr
ECE 9997 (1cr Fall / 1cr Winter)
GS 090 (0cr, Fall or Winter) 
Core and Elective Courses
Directed Study (ECE 7990)
Research (ECE 7996)

Confirm Faculty Advisor
File Plan of Work
Qualification Exams

Annual Review
Individual Development Plan

Year 2
Milestones: Prospectus and Candidacy

Fall / Winter / Spring
10cr/ 10cr / 2cr
Core and Elective Courses
Directed Study (ECE 7990)
Research (ECE 7996)
Form Dissertation Committee
Candidacy
Annual Review
Individual Development Plan

Year 3
Milestones: Present at Conference and Publish in Academic Journal

Fall / Winter / Spring
10.5cr / 10.5cr / 2cr
Dissertation Credits (ECE 9991/9992)
Research (ECE 7996)
Dissertation Committee Meeting Prospectus 
Present at Conference
Publish in Journal
Annual Review
Individual Development Plan

Year 4
Milestone: Dissertation Defense

Fall / Winter / Spring
10.5cr / 10.5cr / 2cr
Dissertation Credits (ECE 9993/9994)
Research (ECE 7996)
Register for Dissertation Defense Dissertation Defense
Submission of Dissertation
Annual Review
Individual Development Plan

Last updated August 2017