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PhD Student Progression Plan

School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences – PhD Progression
Complete CourseworkComplete program coursework, responsible conduct of research (RCR), and individual development plan (IDP). All students must meet with their Program Director each fall and spring for progression review and complete the Individual Student Progress Form.

Qualifying ExamStudent must submit PhD Qualifying Exam Form to SGSHS.

CandidacyProgram Director must submit PhD Application for Candidacy Form for student to SGSHS within 2 weeks of passing Qualifying Exam.

Advisory Committee FormationStudents must form an Advisory Committee within 6 weeks of candidacy and submit PhD Advisory Committee Form to SGSHS. Advisory Committee must consist of a minimum of 5 members to include: 4 Graduate Faculty members/3 within major program and 1 outside. Advisory Committee must meet within three months formation.  

Advisory Committee MeetingsAll students must meet with their Advisory Committee each fall and spring for progression review.

ProposalStudent must submit PhD Proposal Approval Form to SGSHS within 1 year of candidacy.
All students must take ID714 Professional Skills after proposal. 

Dissertation Guidelines10 days prior to defense the student must send a hard copy of dissertation to advisory committee members and SGSHS for format review. Dissertation Guidelines 

Dissertation DefensePublic - 2 weeks prior, student must send announcement to SGSHS. 5 members of AC participate in the defense. Final dissertation draft to SGSHS, through ProQuest, within 2 weeks after defense for formatting review. Student must submit Dissertation Defense Form and Dissertation Signature Page to SGSHS. 

Final Paperwork for GraduationPay dissertation printing/copyright fees through Proquest. Receive graduation surveys/forms by email. Student must return graduation packet, signed defense form, signed signature page, and First-Author Publication Form.