Path to Degree

Year 1

Fall and Spring Semesters
Take beginning courses, survey of research opportunities and research rotation courses

Spring Semester and Early Summer
Finding a research advisor via research rotation

Early June
Take qualifying exam / 1st Exam

Preliminary research with advisor (optional)

Year 2

Take advanced courses at Graduate Center, consortium colleges
Start research at advisor's home college

Years 3 and 4

Continue with advanced courses
Continue with research at advisor's home college
Take 2nd exam (proposed research)

Year 5

Defense of dissertation

Download the timeline