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You are encouraged to follow the prescribed timeline for meeting program milestones. Your progress will be monitored by the program. Focus area chairs will be notified should you fall behind the timeline.
Program Milestones: In addition to the suggested timeline, certain program milestones carry deadlines for completion. Please see the program milestone policies for details. Milestone deadlines and associated consequences are listed below the timeline chart.
|Select dissertation advisor||End of the first semester|
|Submit program of study
Identify dissertation committee
|End of the second semester|
|Apply for program qualification||End of the first year|
|Apply for candidacy exam||After completion of coursework|
|Apply for research proposal exam||After completion of coursework|
|Conduct dissertation seminar||Prior to dissertation defense|
|Submit journal article||Prior to dissertation defense|
|Apply for graduation||Within the first three weeks of semester of intended graduation
(check with Graduate School for deadline date)
|Distribute copies of dissertation to dissertation committee and focus area chair||Two weeks before dissertation defense|
To ensure that all students make timely progress through the Ph.D. in Engineering Program, we have enacted a Milestone Deadline policy. Please refer to this policy as you schedule your courses, complete your Program of Study, and plan your examinations. Please contact the Ph.D. in Engineering Director with any questions or concerns about compliance with the Milestone Deadline policy.
Occasionally, scheduling constraints may interfere with timely completion of the Program Qualification deadline. In most cases, we can make adjustments to accommodate your choice of courses. Please contact the Ph.D. in Engineering Director for more information.
The Ph.D. in Engineering Director will monitor your progress. Your focus area chair and your faculty advisor will be notified if you fall behind the timeline.
NOTE: The timelines are specified for students entering the program with an M.S. degree. Students entering with a B.S. degree will have an additional 30 credit hours to meet the specified milestones.
IIf a student fails to meet a milestone, until the student is in compliance with the objective of the milestone:
It is acknowledged that certain research involving human subjects and associated approvals by the Institution Review Board (IRB) requires more time. Students involved in such research will receive an extension of two years to complete their projects (Milestone 4). The dissertation advisor will submit a memo detailing the reason for the extension to the program office along with the completed Record of Research Proposal Defense.
For other exceptions, the student may petition to the Student Affairs Committee.