How long does is generally take to complete the Ph.D. Degree program?
The normative time for completion of the Ph.D. degree requirements (for non-International students) is 15 quarters or five years. A sample timeline looks like this: • Year 1: Emphasis is on the completion of two (2) core sequences. • Year 2: Emphasis is on the completion of the remaining core sequences and 1-2 written qualifying exams. • Year 3: Concentrates of completion of remaining written qualifying exams, the 4 advanced graduate courses and finding faculty advisors to work with. • Year 4: Focuses on any remaining advanced courses and reading/research in preparation for, as well as completing the oral qualifying examination. • Year 5: Devoted primarily to research and to the completion of the Dissertation although students continue to participate in graduate seminars and may take additional coursework during this period.