A doctoral student is expected to finish each component of his or her program–from courses, through comprehensive exam, to doctoral research project–in a timely fashion. Graduate Studies has implemented a formal auditing process to identify students who have not completed one or more of these components by the allotted deadline or deadlines. Students who have no explanation for their failure to achieve milestones will lose their funding. It is strongly recommended that a student in jeopardy of missing a deadline contact the Graduate Chair as soon as possible.

The following milestones must be completed by the indicated term after initial registration:

  • 2 Credits—Approved coursework options (ENGL 6101 to 6103 and ENGL 5*** [except 5005, 5908, 5909]) must be complete within 2 full-time terms of initial registration.
  • 1 Credit—ENGL 6000 must be complete within 2 full-time terms of initial registration.
  • 1 Credit—Comprehensive Examination (ENGL 6900) must be complete within 4 full-time terms of initial registration.
  • .5 Credit—ENGL 6001 must be complete within 5 full-time terms of initial registration.
  • 1 Credit—Doctoral Research Project (ENGL 6901) must be complete within 6 full-time terms of initial registration.
  • 0 Credit—Thesis Proposal must be complete within 7 full-time terms of initial registration.