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PhD Program: Stages at a Glance

Academic Preparation
Satisfactory completion of the academic preparatory program (composed of four courses) is required before starting the PhD program. Additionally, up to two courses could be taken from the PhD program during the Academic Preparation year. 
Doctoral Program
The PhD in Curriculum and Instruction program is composed of 4 required credit-bearing courses, 4 restricted elective courses and 2 required non-credit courses. All required and elective courses (except the Thesis course) are to be completed within 4 semesters. 
Qualifying examination
The qualifying examination consists of written and oral components, and is to be conducted within first five semesters.  Successful completion of all credit bearing courses, and the seminar courses is required to take the examination.  After successful course completion, the student is required to formally write to their department chair to confirm the semester in which they would like to take the qualifying examination. 
Thesis Monitoring Committee
After successful completion of the qualifying examination, a dissertation monitoring committee is formed within a month.
PhD Thesis Proposal
The student who successfully completes the qualifying examination stage is required to defend their thesis proposal before the Thesis Monitoring Committee within six months after the qualifying examination. The committee members are submitted a copy of the proposal two weeks before the oral defence.
Thesis Monitoring Committee Meetings
Once the proposal is accepted by the Theses Monitoring Committee, the committee convenes twice a year, between January and June, & July and December. The first meeting cannot be held earlier than three months, or later than six months, after the proposal is accepted. The timeframe between two meetings cannot be shorter than 4 months.
The student is required to send a progress report to the committee members a month before the meeting at the latest. The report includes a summary of work completed, and a plan for the next period meeting.
A post-meeting report prepared by the advisor is sent to the GSE within two weeks after each meeting.
Publication 
At least one manuscript (derived from the PhD thesis), which has been published or accepted for publication in a journal approved by the Office of Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, is required before the PhD Thesis Examination. 
PhD Thesis Examination
When considered ready by the advisor, a PhD thesis examination meeting is held.
PhD Degree 
The student who is considered successful after the PhD Thesis Examination, who meets formatting requirements, and who completes exit procedures is awarded the PhD degree. 
 For exact procedures and details, please refer to the Graduate Studies Rules and Regulations