MA/PhD and PhD Timelines for Completion

MA/PhD Students

Those who enter with only a BA in English. They usually complete the degree in six years.

Year 1: Consult with Major Advisor about courses to be taken. Complete at least 15 credits, including two required Fall courses: ENGL 5100 (Theory and Teaching of Writing, 3 credits) and ENGL 5150 (Research Methods, 1 credit).

Year 2: Complete at least 15 credits, including ENGL 5160 (Professional Development, Spring Semester). Complete the Second-Year Review. Submit Plan of Study for MA in the fall semester.

Year 3: Complete at least 15 credits. Obtain Approval of Exam Lists by April 15th. Complete language requirement. Submit Plan of Study for PhD in the fall semester.

Year 4: Complete Exams, including Exam Conference, by February 28th (Fall recommended). Complete Prospectus Colloquium by April 1.

Year 5: Work on Dissertation. Complete Chapter Advisory Conference by October 15.

Year 6: Dissertation Defense. File “Application for Degree” in final semester.

PhD Students

Those who enter with a MA in English; they usually complete the degree in five years.

Year 1: Consult with Major Advisor about courses to be taken. Complete at least 12 credits, including ENGL 5160 (Professional Development, Spring Semester).

Year 2: Complete at least 12 credits. Complete coursework requirements. Complete language requirement. Obtain approval of exam lists by April 15th. Submit Plan of Study for PhD in the fall semester.

Year 3: Complete Exams, including Exam Conference, by February 28th (Fall recommended). Complete Prospectus Colloquium by April 1.

Year 4: Work on Dissertation. Complete Chapter Advisory Conference by September 15.

Year 5: Dissertation Defense. File “Application for Degree” in final semester.