Program Timeline and Checklist

Graduate Program Timeline

Graduate Program Timeline

Graduate Program Checklist

Suggested Years Task
1-2 Pass proficiency exams OR required grad courses

  • Analytical – CHEM 5336, 5337, or 5338
  • Inorganic – CHEM 5324
  • Organic – CHEM 5341 or 5343
  • Physical – CHEM 5350
0.5 Choose a major advisor
1 Choose Ph.D. committee
1-2 Complete three semesters of CHEM 5310
2-3 Complete 24-30 course credits[1]
2-3 Complete divisional course requirements
2 Submit plan of study to the Graduate School
2 Complete second year progress report
3 Complete the written general exam
3 Complete the oral general exam [2]
3-4 Prepare dissertation prospectus & submit to the Graduate School
3-4+ Prepare dissertation
3-4 Give a departmental research presentation
4+ Announce final defense of dissertation[3]
4+ Defend dissertation & obtain signatures of advisory committee
4+ Submit dissertation to Graduate School

[1] 24 credits if student matriculates as M.S., 30 credits if B.S./B.A.

[2] The oral general must be announced in the Chemistry Department weekly newsletter.

[3] The final defense must be announced on the Graduate School website and in the Chemistry Department weekly newsletter.  The Graduate School provides a complete checklist of required steps.