Doctoral Completion Checklist

  • Respond to offer of admission
  • Locate housing
  • Clear any medical holds
  • Obtain student ID card
  • Attend orientation
  • Register for classes
  • Check academic calendar for deadlines
  • Contact your departmental advisor
  • Identify your major professor
  • Begin selecting  your advisory committee
  • Register each term
  • Check academic calendar for deadlines
  • Submit your approved plan of study
  •  Complete required course work
  • Submit application for General Oral Exam    There must be an entire term between the completion of the General Oral Exam and the completion of the Final Oral Exam (Defense).
  • Complete comprehensive exams
  • Draft Dissertation Proposal (if required)
  • Defend Dissertation Proposal (if required)
  • Write the Dissertation (Follow Guidelines of ETD Guide)

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