The following table shows the critical milestones of doctoral degree requirements. Most student who are on the master's plus Ph.D. (they have an M.S. degree when they start the program) complete the degree in four to five years. Direct to Ph.D. students (those entering the program with a bachelor's degree) complete the degree in five to eight years. Note that only direct to Ph.D. students have to complete the qualifying examination in the third semester.
Polytechnic Ph.D. Timetable
|Semester||End of the 1st||End of the 2nd||Third Semester (April or November)||Next to Last (or Last) Semester of Coursework||Last Semester (or Semester Following Completion) of Coursework||At least three academic sessions devoted to research and writing must elapse between the preliminary and final Ph.D. examinations *|
|Coursework||TECH 601 Completed||TECH 646 Completed||Complete TECH 699 (1-3 cr.)||Complete remaining TECH 699 credits (14-12 cr.)|
|Advisor/ Committee||Work with advisor on research area and possible committee members||Establish committee (3 people)||Complete Qualifying Examination||Complete Preliminary Examination||
Establish committee (4 people)
Schedule/attend Dissertation proposal defense
|Schedule/attend dissertation defense meeting|
|Electronic Plan of Study||Create/File draft EPOS||File Official EPOS||File EPOS Changes (as necessary||File EPOS Changes (as necessary)|
|Dissertation||Begin considering research idea/area||Dissertation Proposal Defense (Chapters 1-3 complete)||
Polytechnic Thesis Advising Appt.
Final Dissertation Defense
GS Thesis Deposit Appt.
Polytechnic Thesis Deposit (e-Pubs)
|Graduation requirements **||
Polytechnic Pulication requirement
Polytechnic Exit Survey
GS Exit Survey
Survey of Earned Doctorate
Order Cap and Gown
* Summer counts as an academic session (e.e., if preliminary examination is completed in May 2016, then earliest final defense May, 2017)
** See the Polytechnic Ph.D. Student Handbook for more information as well as required forms.