PhD Timeline

 Students in the PhD program will complete 36 residency hours prior to their qualifying exam, including 24 regular course hours (graduate seminars), 2 semesters of ENG 700 (6 hours), ENG 611 (a literature pedagogy course), and a directed study with the chair of their advisory committee.  Students may also be required to take ENG 609 (a writing pedagogy course) their first year, depending on their teaching credentials.

The recommended course track for the doctoral program is as follows:

 

 

Fall

Spring

Year One

3 hr seminar

3 hr seminar

3 hr seminar

3 hr seminar

TA course, if necessary, or additional course

TA course, if necessary, or additional couse

Year Two

3 hr seminar

3 hr seminar

3 hr seminar

3 hr seminar

additional course

ENG 700

Year Three

ENG 780 (3)

ENG 780 (3)

ENG 700 (3)

ENG 767

Lit TA course (ENG 611), if necessary, or additional course

 

Year Four

ENG 767

ENG 767

Year Five

ENG 767

ENG 767

 

During the third year, students will take the qualifying exam, a 2-hour oral examination and a prospectus defense.  Once the student has successfully completed the qualifying examination and prospectus defense, they move into the dissertation phase of the program.

Students are expected to complete their dissertation within 2-3 years of a prospectus defense.  Once the dissertation is finished and the committee has decided the student is ready, the student will complete a dissertation defense.  If the committee decides the defense was successful, the student will turn in the dissertation to the Graduate School and receive their doctoral degree.

Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for a detailed description of the degree requirements. Additionally, PhD students should meet the Minimum Satisfactory Progress requirements.

Definition of Minimal Satisfactory Progress.docx

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