The Ph.D. requires a minimum of three years of full-time resident study (six full-time terms) beyond a bachelor's degree. A candidate who holds a master's degree in the area of specialization may, on the recommendation of the Department, be permitted to count the work done for the master's degree as the first year of resident study.
All courses and the comprehensive examinations must be successfully completed before the thesis proposal is submitted.
Complementary Courses (6-36 credits)
Students entering in Ph.D. 1
A minimum of five 3-credit graduate courses approved by the Department (the Doctoral Tutorial will be considered a course for purposes of this requirement).
Additional graduate courses (normally two to seven 3-credit graduate courses), will be assigned by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the area chair at the time of the admissions decision.
Students entering in Ph.D. 2
Applicants who have completed a master's degree before entering the Ph.D. program will be admitted into Ph.D. 2, and assigned graduate courses (normally two to seven 3-credit graduate courses) beyond the master's requirements.
The number of courses will be assigned by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the area chair at the time of the admissions decision.
Required attendance is required for four terms of, and at least one presentation on his/her thesis research in, the Doctoral Colloquium: