Year 1

  • Take prelim course
  • Find advisor by end of Spring semester

Year 2

  • Take prelim by start of Fall semester
  • Submit Blue Card after successfully passing oral exam
  • Courses
  • Plan to GSI at least once before taking the Qual Exam
  • Finish up prelim breadth course requirements

Year 3*

  • Organize qual, think about committee
  • Apply for qual and submit White Card
  • Take qual by end of Spring semester
  • Complete major and minor coursework
  • Advance to PhD candidacy

Year 4*

  • Finish PhD research
  • Complete GSI teaching requirement

Year 5* or 6*

  • PhD research and writing
  • Schedule thesis seminar talk (must be given in the Fall and Spring
  • Finish PhD writing
  • Submit thesis chapter to committee


*Or at the discretion of your advisor