Recommended Timetable for the Ph.D. Degree Program

This timetable is intended to provide a structure for timely completion of the Ph.D. program in the Microbiology Graduate Program. The objectives of the timetable are to keep students proceeding towards the completion of their degree in a proactive fashion.
Year 1:
  • Courses
  • Laboratory Rotation
  • Form Advisory Committee:
    • Approves plan of study
    • Receives student's research prospectus
    • Evaluates and approves student's progress
  • Submit Plan of Study to graduate school
  • Form & initiate research project
Year 2:
  • Advance Research Project
  • Complete teaching requirement (if not completed in the first year)
  • Prepare preliminary exam preproposal (Ph.D.)
  • Committee:
    • Approve preproposal (Ph.D.)
    • Receives student's research progress presentation
    • Evaluates and approves student's progress

Year 3:

  • Advance Research Project
  • Committee:
    • Conducts preliminary exam in first semester (5th semester in program)
    • Receives student's research presentation at end of year
    • Evaluates and approves student's progress

Year 4 (+)

  • Advance Research Project
  • Committee:
    • Receives student's research presentation each year
    • Evaluates and approves student's progress
    • Approves dissertation and conducts final exam (earliest likely date)