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Requirements for GSBS PhD Students

Link to 2020 Milestones Agreement for PhD Students

Exceptions granted due to the inevitable delays in student progress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic:

2020 Milestones Agreement for PhD Students
Milestone Expected Time of Achievement1
Complete GSBS Ethical Dimensions course End of Fall term of 1st year
Complete tutorial rotations End of Spring term of 1st year2
Identify a research advisor End of Spring term of 1st year2
Join a GSBS Graduate Program3 End of Spring term of 1st year2
Obtain approval from ASC for Advisory Committee End of Summer term of 1st year2
Hold first advisory meeting End of Fall term of 2nd year
Hold subsequent Advisory Committee meetings Every 6 months
Complete all pre-candidacy course requirements End of Summer term of 2nd year
Complete online ethics modules End of Summer term of 2nd year
Complete Scientific Writing course3 End of Summer term of 2nd year
Petition for PhD candidacy End of Summer term of 2nd year
Take candidacy exam End of Fall term of 3rd year
Complete all Program-specific requirements Before defense
Submit at least one 1st-author scientific paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal4 Before defense
Submit a signed petition to defend dissertation Two weeks before defense
Defend dissertation Before graduation
Publish at least one 1st-author scientific paper in a peer-reviewed journal5 Before graduation
Submit final signed dissertation & complete all exit paperwork Before graduation
Complete all degree requirements Within 7 years of admission

Students are also required to:

1The expected timing is based on matriculation in the Fall Semester

2Students in the Medical Physics Program may meet these requirements on a slightly different schedule (e.g., 3rd tutorial may be done during summer term, advisor is selected at end of summer, etc.)

3Required of students who matriculated in Fall 2014 and thereafter

4Required of students who matriculated before Fall 2014 

5Required of students who matriculated in Fall 2014 and thereafter