PhD Timeline

Below are outlines of the typical progress through the PhD program, by type of PhD.  Please note that individual programs may vary (e.g., publications may take longer to attain in more competitive journals).  Students are encouraged to discuss their progress regularly with their supervisor(s).

Students whose research work is unsatisfactory in the opinion of their supervisor may have their progress to date assessed by a three-person committee made up of the supervisor and two faculty knowledgeable in the research area.  The committee has complete authority to recommend the termination of a student’s degree program if adequate progress is not demonstrated.

We understand that challenging circumstances sometimes arise, and can get in the way of academic success.  If you are experiencing academic, personal, or professional difficulties that make maintaining adequate progress in your program difficult, please contact the Graduate Programs staff in the Student Services Office.  We treat all such inquiries with discretion and can connect you with the many resources and support services available to you as a graduate student.