Requirements for the PhD consist of a core curriculum, elective courses, research apprenticeship experience, a one-semester teaching assistantship, residence requirement and a dissertation with a departmental and university defense.

Beyond these requirements, students are free to tailor their graduate training under the supervision of their advisors.

Students are expected to complete all University and departmental requirements other than the dissertation by the end of the fall semester of their fourth year in the program (this includes the departmental defense of the dissertation proposal).

For additional information, see the Graduate Handbook or the online Academic Catalog.