Step 1: Understand Degree Requirements

Below are important degree requirements/milestones for your program. A more comprehensive explanation of degree requirements can be found here.


Time of Expected Graduation

Completion of Research Methods (PHD-GP 5902) First Fall Semester
Completion of Advanced Empirical Methods (PADM-GP 2172) First Fall Semester
Completion of Qualitative Methods Course (PHD-GP 5905) First Spring Semester
Taking the Preliminary Qualifying Exam (PQE) First Spring Semester
Completion of Theoretical Frameworks course module End of second year
Completion of Research Methodology course module End of second year
Field Comprehensive Exams End of second year
Third Year Research Paper/Presentation at Wagner Seminar 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) Either in second or third year
Transfer Credit Approval (max of 40 pts) After completing coursework
Dissertation proposal defense By fall semester of 4th year
Paper presentation from dissertation Within 6-8 months of proposal defense
Completion of Degree / Dissertation Defense Within 4-5 years of matriculation*


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