The Five Years of the Graduate Program

Our PhD program is a five-year sequence. It’s customizable, but the general experience is as follows:

 FallWinterSpring
First Year3 MA courses (200A,B,C)2-3 MA courses (2 of 201A,B,C)2-3 MA courses
continuing orientationcontinuing orientationTA training course (495)
Second YearMA Thesis Course (444), TA/RAship and/or additional courseworkMA Thesis Course (444), TA/RAship and/or additional courseworkMA Thesis Course (444), TA/RAship and/or additional coursework
nominate MA thesis committee by the end of the quartersubmit MA thesis
Third YearField Methods 1 (210A), TA/RAship, courses as appropriateField Methods 2 (210B), TA/RAship, courses as appropriateTA/RAship, courses as appropriate
establish PhD guidance committeenominate PhD committee
Fourth YearTA/RAship, courses as appropriateTA/RAship, courses as appropriateTA/RAship, courses as appropriate
prospectus defenseapply for DYFcontinue dissertation work
Fifth Yearcontinue dissertation workcontinue dissertation workdefend dissertation