7.3 Normative Progress Timelines

This timeline lists the ideal times in your career in which you will reach important milestones. This is based on our 5 Year MS/PhD normative time.

 

Year 1

- Prepare to become a California Resident if you are not already (Domestic Students and Permanent Residents only)

- By the end of your first semester: find your Research Advisor

- Prepare for Preliminary Exams (Prelims)

- Beginning of second semester: Take the Prelims if you entered with a Masters Degree

- Second semester: Should begin MS research project

 

Year 2

- First semester: Should officially be a CA resident (Domestic Students and Permanent Residents only)

- First semester: Take the Prelims if you entered with a Bachelors degree

- First semester: Advance to Candidacy for the Masters Degree

- Second semester: Should begin PhD research project

- End of first semester: File Masters Report

 

Year 3

- First semester: Prepare for Qualifying Exams (Quals)

- First semester: Take Quals

- Advanced to Candidacy no later than the end of the semester following the Qualifying Examination

- By the end of this year, should be done with coursework

 

Year 4

- Work on research

- Consider conference paper submissions and presentations

- Second semester: Advance to Candidacy for PhD

 

Year 5 

- Hold PhD Seminar

-Consider conference paper submissions and presentations

- Complete and file PhD Dissertation