Satisfactory Progress

Students will meet with the Graduate Director at least once a semester during the first year to assess progress and the advisability of the student’s intended degree track. Students are also required to meet with the Director once a year until the completion of their degree.

Incompletes:  Although we recognize emergencies can occur that may warrant a student’s requesting an incomplete, we discourage students from taking incompletes. The student requesting an incomplete and the instructor granting it must notify the Graduate Office that they are electing the incomplete option by the end of the semester in which the incomplete is taken (a form for such notification is available from the Graduate Office). Coursework related to the incomplete must be finished by the end of the next semester and students may not take their qualifying exams with outstanding incompletes.

Students who entered the program since Fall 2019 are expected to complete their coursework by no later than their fifth semester in the program. Students who entered the program before Fall 2019 expected to complete their coursework by no later than their third semester in the program

Students who entered the program since Fall 2019 are expected to advance to candidacy by successfully passing their qualifying examination by their sixth semester in the program. Students who entered the program before Fall 2019 expected to advance to candidacy by successfully passing their qualifying examination by their fourth semester.

Students must file an approved dissertation prospectus no later than four months following the qualifying examination.

Students must achieve a GPA of at least 3.5 to proceed to the qualifying examination. Likewise, incompletes must be completed before a student may proceed to the qualifying examination. Exceptions may be granted by the DGS only in extreme and extenuating circumstances.

Students must keep regular contact with the DGS and their dissertation committee upon achieving candidacy and submitting an approved prospectus.

Students must defend their dissertation by the end of their 5th year in the program.

For extensions to this schedule, students may petition the DGS through their dissertation committees.