- 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.
- General Examinations - To be completed by the end of the third year.
- Dissertation Prospectus - To be completed within one year of taking the general exams.
- 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.