Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Schedule for Exams and Projects

Timeline

The suggested timeline for completion of the PhD degree is as follows:
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1 – 4 Complete three written qualifying exams.
4 – 5 Fill out Plan of Study
4 – 7 Dissertation proposal and oral defense.
6 – 14 Dissertation work and defense.

Other Suggestions

  • A PhD student's first priority should be passing three qualifying exams. Students should take courses in the first two years that lead to qualifying exams.
  • Since all students are required to pass either the Algebra or the Analysis qualifying exam, these courses should be given a priority in the first year.
  • Many courses are offered on a biennial basis. Plan accordingly. Students should usually not enroll in 500-level courses after the first two years. A maximum of 10 hours of 500-level credit can be applied to the PhD.
  • After passing three exams, finding a dissertation advisor becomes the number one priority.
  • All students are expected to attend department talks, events and colloquia. There is no better way to learn about faculty research than to interact with them.