PhD Program Structure

Years 1 & 2

Course WorkStudy in small classes (seminars) and form close
working relationships with faculty
Teaching ExperienceEngage in required teaching assistant work.
Ongoing Research
Participate in writing/research and preparation
for publication of manuscripts (i.e., your own
course work and collaborations with faculty
Summer RA-shipsWork closely with faculty members on their
research projects.

Year 2 Summer

SummerWrite comprehensive exams.

Years 3 to 5

Dissertation Proposal Year 3Work on dissertation proposal preparation and
Dissertation Work/Data Collection and Defense
Years 4 – 5
ExperienceParticipate in writing/research and preparation
of manuscripts for publication.
Teaching ExperienceEngage in teaching assistant work and obtain
some independent teaching experience.
Engage in ongoing research.