Please consult with the Graduate Programs Office for specific requirements, or additions and exceptions to the information listed below.
- Make sure the department and registrar have a final transcript of your M.A. coursework.
- Make an appointment for an advising conference with the Director or Associate Director of Graduate Studies as soon as you arrive on campus.
- Take the First-Year Seminar in the fall.
- Decide how you will satisfy the foreign language requirement.
- Complete 18 hours by the end of the first year.
- If you have not done so in your M.A. program, work on completing the distribution requirements; see Credit Hours and Coursework section for details.
- Prepare to submit your materials for First-Year Review in the summer after the first year of doctoral study. Materials are due two weeks before the first day of the fall semester of the second year.
- Take additional 18 hours (at least nine hours in both fall and spring). The distribution requirements must be completed within the fall semester. By the end of the year, you will normally have completed your coursework.
- If you need foreign language courses, take them now.
- Begin planning your area of dissertation and choosing your Advisory Committee.
- File your degree plan prior to your fifth semester in the program. If you fail to do so, you will be blocked from registration by the Office of Graduate Studies. The degree plan makes your Advisory Committee chair and membership official.
- Begin preparing your Ph.D. Exam (sometimes called the Preliminary Exam) reading lists; these should be finalized by the end of the spring semester.
- Fulfill the foreign language requirement if you have not already done so.
- Schedule preliminary exams for November or early December. You may not take your Ph.D. Exams until you have satisfied your foreign language requirement. If you need extra time for prelims, you must get permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.
- Take the Publication and Professionalization Seminar (ENGL 695) in the spring semester.
- Complete dissertation prospectus and schedule a prospectus defense for March. File your dissertation proposal as soon as possible following the defense, and certainly by the end of the spring semester.
- Begin work on the dissertation.
- Be aware that after completing coursework (except 691), you must maintain continuous enrollment. If you are an in-absentia student, you must register for one hour each in fall and spring. If you have an assistantship, you must maintain full-time status (9 hours).
- Work aggressively on the dissertation. You must complete your dissertation within four years of passing prelims.
- Take the Placement Seminar (ENGL 681) in the spring semester.
- Complete the dissertation.
- Seek a job.
Remember the 10-year limit on all Ph.D. work, including any transfer hours.
Assistantship support ends in August of the fifth year. Eligibility for in-state tuition ends after seven calendar years.