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MS & PhD Degree Milestones & Progress

Important: You must apply to graduate on or before the first working day of the intended month of graduation. All requirements including coursework must be completed on or before the last working day of the intended month of graduation.


Master's Milestones and Progress Steps

Master's Degree should be completed in 2/2.5 years

First Year

  • Fall Semester
  • Select Advisor and create preliminary plan for remaining courswork.
  • Consider taking the Written Prelim Exam (WPE) required for PhD students, but often Master's students will take the exam in case they should decide to pursue a PhD. Take courses in preparation for the Written Prelim Exam.
  • Spring Semester
  • Possibly take the Written Prelim Exam (WPE)
  • Must have adviser selected

Second Year

  • Fall Semester
  • The decision to continue to a PhD should confirmed at this time.
  • Complete and submit your Degree Plan
  • Spring Semester
  • Complete coursework and either your thesis paper or project.
  • Select Examining Committee for Final Exam, must be done at least one month prior to exam. For more information please see Master's Exam Process.
  • Request Graduation Packet. You must request the graduation packet by the 1st of the month you intend to graduate.
  • Schedule final exam. For more information please see Master's Exam Process.

Doctoral Milestones and Progress Steps

Doctoral Degree should be completed in 5/5.5 years.

First Year

  • Fall Semester
  • Select Advisor and create preliminary plan for remaining coursework.
  • Take courses in preparation for the Written Prelim Exam.
  • Spring Semester
  • Take Written Preliminary Exam (WPE).
  • Must have adviser to continue with the PhD program

Second Year

  • Fall Semester
  • If admitted to the program as a masters student, file Change of Status upon passing WPE.
  • If planning to obtain a Master's Degree along the way to a PhD, complete a Degree Plan for Master's
  • Spring Semester
  • If planning to obtain a Master's Degree along the way to a PhD select committee for Master's Exam at least one month prior. For more information please see Master's Exam Process.
  • If planning to obtain a Master's Degree along the way to a PhD, should be preparing to defend Master's. For more information please see Master's Exam Process.

Third Year

  • Fall Semester
  • Take courses towards your PhD
  • Spring Semester
  • Complete coursework or nearing completion of the 42 credits required of a PhD
  • Select Examining Committee for Prelim Exam, must be done at least one month prior to exam. For more information please see Prelim Oral Exam Process.

Fourth Year

  • Fall Semester
  • Complete Prelim Oral Exam before the start of fall semester, but no later than the end of fall semester. For more information please see Prelim Oral Exam Process.
  • If passed the Oral Prelim, register for PhD Thesis Credits (24 required for PhD).
  • Spring Semestser
  • Complete Degree Plan for PhD
  • If passed the Oral Prelim, register for PhD Thesis Credits (24 required for PhD).
  • Complete Oral Prelim if not previously done. For more information please see Prelim Oral Exam Process.

Fifth Year

  • Fall Semester
  • Completion of the 24 required Thesis Credits if not previously done.
  • Select Examining Committee for Final Exam, must be done at least one month prior to exam. For more information please see PhD Final Exam Process.
  • Spring Semester
  • Completion of the 24 required Thesis Credits if not previously done.
  • Select Examining Committee for Final Exam if not previously done. For more information please see PhD Final Exam Process.
  • Request Graduation Packet. The graduation packet will contain your Degree Application form, you must submit the Degree Application form by the 1st of the month you intend to graduate.
  • Schedule Final Exam with the Office of Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) at least one week prior to the exam. For more information please see PhD Final Exam Process.

On-Line Records and Process Charts

  • View Department Records and progress towards degrees on-line. The database shows items such as: current advisor(s) and degree, entrance term, approved Graduate School forms, examination dates, WPE sections attempted/taken, seminar attendance, etc.
    • Please login in with your x500 and review the information at: http://www.aem.umn.edu/srs
    • Click on the link View Your Department Records to see these records.

 


Last Modified: 2015-07-29 at 08:52:32 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation