Graduate Program in
Flowchart for Ph.D. Students (Best viewed with MS Internet Explorer)
Given below is an attempt to simplify the sequence of paperwork (both paper and on-line), decisions, discussions, etc., that a typical Ph.D. student will need to complete in the course of her/his Ph.D. program in WRE. Please understand that this chart is a good-faith effort to aggregate several information sources, but is not an official statement of academic procedures. Students are wholly responsible for verifying all items and deadlines herein.
All deadlines given are preferred dates well in advance of official deadlines (i.e., these dates give a student some "breathing room" in case of errors or delays). Deadlines are color-coded. Deadlines in blue are relative to the beginning of classes in a student's first semester of graduate school (e.g., August 31, for Fall term 2009). Deadlines in green are relative to the date of a student's Preliminary Exam (the defense of the dissertation proposal in the WRE program), which is typically in the second or third year of Ph.D. studies. Deadlines in red are relative to a student's desired date of graduation (e.g., May 14, for Spring term 2010).
Ph.D. programs are, by necessity, very individualized. Students must expect to exercise significant adaptability, initiative, and patience in order to be successful. Most milestones in the Ph.D. program after the first semester are reached when a student has exhibited significant self-driven accomplishment, not when residency requirements have been fulfilled.
All hard-copy paperwork should be submitted to the CVEN Graduate Services Office.
Please note that the following common issues are not included
in this flowchart: