Program Milestones

Milestone Time of Expected Completion
Completion of Research Methods (PHD-GP 5902) First Fall Semester
Completion of Multiple Regression (PADM-GP 2902) or equivalent First Spring Semester
Completion of Qualitative Methods Course (PHD-GP 5905 or approved alternative) First or second year
Taking the Preliminary Qualifying Exam (PQE) First Spring Semester
Completion of at least one of the three Doctoral Seminars in policy, finance, and management Within 2-3 yrs of matriculation
Field Comprehensive Exams End of second year
Third Year Research Paper End of third year
Submit dissertation topic / committee formation form Within 1 year of comp exams
Registration in the Doctoral Colloquium (permission of instructor required) Required before the end of the program
Transfer Credit Approval (max of 40 pts), plus Foreign Language Requirement After completing coursework
Dissertation proposal defense By end of 4th year
Paper presentation from dissertation Within 6-8 months of proposal defense
Completion of Degree/Dissertation Defense Within 4-5 yrs of matriculation*

* NOTE: All students who elect to apply transfer credit towards the Ph.D. degree must complete all requirements within 7 years. Students who undertake all of their coursework (the full 72 credits) at Wagner have a 10 year limit.

Master Of Philosophy Degree

All doctoral students have the option to receive a Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil.) on the way to their doctoral degree. Students must have successfully met all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation. Candidates interested in the degree should consult with the Assistant Director of the Doctoral Program and register for graduation via Albert at the appropriate time.