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