Ph.D. 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 and Fourth Years


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