PhD Degree: Later Years

The PhD program including research, didactic course work and successful defense of a dissertation is intended to be completed in approximately five years.

Within six months of passing the qualifying exam, students put together a dissertation advisory committee, comprised of three to six faculty members from different departments. The committee meets every six months to review the student's progress, make suggestions and provide direction.

After completing their research projects, students write a dissertation and defend it before a dissertation defense committee.

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