PhD Requirements

The First Two Years

  • Coursework - 16 half courses.
  • Languages - Written examinations in two modern research languages, generally French and German.
  • Second Year Review - To occur by the end of the fourth term.

 The Third Year

  • General Examinations - To be completed by the end of the third year.
  • Teaching

 The Fourth Year

  • Dissertation Prospectus - To be completed within one year of taking the general exams.
  • Teaching
  • Many students also apply for travel fellowships to conduct dissertation research in Year Five.

The Fifth Year and Following - Many students spend all or a part of their fifth year in the field.

  • The Dissertation - To be completed normally by the end of the seventh year; after approval of the Prospectus, at least one chapter each term must be submitted to the advisor.