GraduateProgram Stages

Stage 3

When students pass the second qualifying examination, they advance to candidacy and receive the Candidate in Philosophy (C.Phil.) degree. Students proceed with preparing the dissertation and enroll each quarter in English 599 to reflect this ongoing research and writing. Students are encouraged to enroll in seminars in their field whenever they are offered. All course requirements (oral reports and term papers) may be satisfied through work connected with the dissertation.

A final oral defense of the dissertation is optional, at the discretion of the doctoral committee, but is usually not required.  Final approval of the dissertation is normally delegated to three certifying members of the doctoral committee (two from the English Department, and one from another department).

Time to the Ph.D. Degree


Three quarters are normally allowed from the First Qualifying Examination to the Second Qualifying Examination.  From the Second Qualifying Examination to the completion of the dissertation (and the degree), the time normally allowed is six quarters.  From the time of admission, students will ideally be able to complete doctoral studies within fifteen academic quarters (five years).

Time to Degree Schedule


Part 1 Orals

Ideal: Fall Quarter of 3rd Year
Standard: Spring Quarter of 3rd Year
Maximum: End of 4th Year

Part II Orals

Ideal: Spring Quarter of 3rd Year
Standard: Winter Quarter of 4th Year
Maximum: End of 5th Year

Dissertation Filed

Ideal: In the 5th Year
Standard: In the 6th Year
Maximum: In the 9th Year

Note: Maximum means the maximum allowed by the department under normal circumstances.  Students may petition for extensions needed because of unforeseen circumstances (such as ill health, family catastrophes, financial distress), but these petitions must be documented, and extensions will be granted for limited periods.