Graduate Program Timeline

First Year

  • Student in Residence
  • Begin Coursework
  • Participate in Teaching Roundtables and Department Events (speaker series, socials, etc.)
  • Summer Language/Laboratory Training or Pilot Research (optional, at end of either first or second year)
  • Summer Teacher Training 3-day intensive course (mid-August before 2nd year)

Second Year

  • Student in Residence
  • Continue Coursework
  • Complete Teaching Assistantship/Associateship (first and possibly second teaching requirements)
  • Submit Methodology Requirements Proposal
  • Finalize Dissertation Committee
  • Participate in Teaching Roundtables and Department Events (speaker series, socials, etc.)
  • Summer Pilot Research (optional, at end of either first or second year)

Third Year

  • Student in Residence
  • Continue Coursework
  • Research Proposal Presentation
  • Apply for Research Grants for Fourth Year
  • Complete Teaching Associateship (second and possibly third teaching requirement)
  • Prepare For and Complete Qualifying Examination
  • Complete Methodology Requirements
  • Participate in Teaching Roundtables and Department Events (speaker series, socials, etc.)
  • Advance to Candidacy*

Fourth Year

  • Fieldwork or Laboratory Research
  • Advance to Candidacy if not completed in third year * (must be in candidacy by the end of the 4th year)

Fifth Year and Beyond

  • Continue Fieldwork/Laboratory Research

OR

  • Return from Fieldwork and Begin Dissertation Write Up (In Residence)
  • Complete Co-Teaching assignment (fourth teaching requirement)
  • Participate in Post-Field Seminars
  • Participate in Teaching Roundtables and Department Events (speaker series, socials, etc.)
  • Apply for Deans Teaching Fellowship (optional)

Final Year

  • Complete Dissertation
  • Schedule Dissertation Defenses (public and committee)
  • Participate in Post-Field Seminars
  • Participate in Teaching Roundtables and Department Events (speaker series, socials, etc.)

If a student has not completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by the end of the eighth year in advanced standing, the student may no longer be eligible to receive a tuition scholarship. Students enter advanced standing after completing 18 credit hours (one year) of coursework. Students entering the program with a masters or other advanced degree enter the program in advanced standing.

Note: Not every student will follow the typical timeline. Individual time spent in field research or laboratory research may vary.

*Candidacy Requirements: 1) Complete 36 credit hours in advanced standing, including at least 18 credits in 500-700 level courses with grade B or better; 2) Complete first two teaching (TATTO) requirements; 3) Pass qualifying exams; 4) Complete dissertation research proposal; 5) Complete methodology requirement as outlined by advisor; and 6) Submit Candidacy Application to Graduate School