Timeline for degree completion

Recommended timeline

  • Take 9 graduate credits per semester 
  • Between second and sixth semesters: Complete written qualifying exams in the theory of Mathematical Statistics and one of the following: Probability or Applied Statistics. 
  • Second year (third and fourth semesters): Meet with faculty to select potential adviser and make a preliminary selection of the dissertation topic. 
  • Beginning of the fourth semester: Secure Graduate Advisory Committee.
  • Fifth semester: Complete Ph.D. Program of Study form, confirm with adviser, and secure committee signatures 
  • Fifth semester: Start working on the dissertation with adviser. 
  • By the end of sixth semester: Complete oral exam in the area of specialty. 
  • Seventh semester: Have dissertation draft (first chapter is ready, there is a clear plan for the other chapters). 
  • Eighth semester: Complete dissertation draft, discuss with committee, finalize dissertation according to committee recommendations, present the dissertation.

Forms that are required to be submitted to the graduate school

  •  Program of Study
    • For master’s students, completed form must be submitted to Graduate School by
      the end of the student’s third semester
    • For doctoral students, completed form must be submitted to Graduate School by
      the end of the student’s fourth semester

Master’s degrees

All course work must be completed within six years preceding the awarding of the degree.

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Please note: this represents the program handbook for the 2020-2021 academic year only. For an archived version of a previous year's handbook, or to obtain a hard copy of this current year's program handbook, please contact the program director.