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Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. students


Ph.D. students, first year

  • Attend orientation sessions.
  • Get advice on which courses to take.
  • Seek funding and employment opportunities.
  • Meet faculty members who are doing research that interests you and take their classes.
  • By the end of the first year, submit a plan of study to your graduate chair.

Ph.D. students, later years

  • Confirm who your academic advisor is and work together to finalize a research topic.
  • Take the Russ College's graduate writing course.
  • Select faculty members to serve on your dissertation committee.
  • Schedule and take your comprehensive exam.
  • Develop and obtain approval for your research project.
  • Take steps to develop and defend your dissertation. [link to dissertation page w/ separate checklist]