Program Chronology

 

Activities

Objectives Accomplished

Year A,
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 B,
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 Three,
Research
Activities

  • Course work: 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 Four,
Completion of Dissertation

  • Oral defense of dissertation proposal; represents 50-70% to completion
  • 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