Graduate students are required to take 14 courses, some of which must be selected to meet the departmental distribution requirements. Students also take an examination in a field of special interest to them. During the third year, students work intensively on a substantial paper on a topic in that field. After satisfying these requirements and writing a dissertation prospectus, students concentrate on the doctoral dissertation.
Students are expected to complete examinations and course work within three years. Most students take about two to three years to write their doctoral dissertation.
For complete details of PhD and MA requirements, advising, student evaluation, and other matters relating to the graduate program, visit the Academic Catalog website, or read the Graduate Student Handbook (in the sidebar) that relates to your year of entry.