Program Chronology

 

Activities

Objectives Accomplished

Year 1:
Foundation Activities

  • Course work: Theory and quantitative courses and courses in area of specialization.
  • Attend research colloquia in fields of interest.
  • Learn basic disciplines and research methods, both in general and as applied to fields of study.

Year 2:
Foundation Activities

  • Course work: Theory and quantitative courses and courses in area of specialization.
  • Research colloquia.
  • Essay-length research paper, or research paper submitted to conference or journal.
  • Complete basic disciplines and develop area of specialization.
  • Develop research skills by participating with faculty in research activities.
  • Develop understanding of research process.

Year 3:
Research
Activities

  • Coursework: Complete field of specialization.
  • Pass a comprehensive examination.
  • Prepare dissertation proposal.
  • Develop further depth in an area of specialization.
  • Conduct research in developing a dissertation topic.
  • Prepare for oral defense of dissertation proposal through rigorous appraisal of research plans by faculty.

Year 4:
Completion of Dissertation

  • Oral defense of dissertation proposal.
  • Oral defense of dissertation.
  • Prepare for job search.
  • Continue to conduct research on the dissertation.
  • Refine research skills through the continued scrutiny of research by faculty and peers.
  • Successfully defend the dissertation after undergoing rigorous appraisal and verification of quality by faculty.