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PHD Checklist


Before the end of your first calendar year…

  • Appointment of Advisory Committee
  • First Committee Meeting
  • Submit Advisory Committee form
  • Submit Program of Study form
  • Submit the Research Prospectus form

After you have completed coursework…

  • Schedule Written Comprehensive Exam with Committee
  • After passing your Written Exam, schedule your Oral Comprehensive Examination

(At least) three weeks before your Oral Comprehensive Exam…

  • Submit the Notice of Examination form – informing the Graduate Programs office of the details of your Oral Comprehensive Exam

Admitted to Candidacy

  • Admission to Candidacy form is filled out by Graduate Programs Office and placed in student’s file for signatures at time of Oral Comprehensive Examination.

The semester before you plan to graduate…

  • Make a graduation check appointment with Warnell Graduate Office
  • Submit your application for graduation through Athena
  • Submit a Recommended Change in Program of Study (if applicable)

Your last semester…

  • Submit the dissertation electronically to the Graduate School for format check by deadline issued by the Graduate School
  • Submit a complete dissertation to the Advisory Committee at least 2 weeks prior to the Dissertation Defense (see below)
  • Schedule your Dissertation Seminar and Defense
  • Schedule your Exit Interview

(At least) three weeks before your Dissertation Seminar and Defense…

  • Submit the Notice of Examination form – informing the Graduate Programs Office of the details of your Final Oral Examination and Defense
  • Notify the Graduate Programs Office if you will be attending Warnell graduation

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