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Timeline for Ph.D. for students entering with B.A./B.S.

Students Entering with B.A./B.S. for Ph.D. (30 credits + 15 research in GRAD 6950)

Fall, Year 1

Spring, Year 1

Summer, Year 1

Choose Advisor Recruit Committee Look for funding opportunities (NSF, GRF)
Coursework Coursework 
GEOG 5010 – Proseminar GEOG 5000 – Research Design (recommended)
GEOG 5500 – GIS (if no previous GIS) Other courses
Other courses
Advising during orientation Annual report due January
Planning meeting with advisory committee in Spring
Meet with Dept Head & Grad Advisor
AAG or professional meeting
Search and apply for grants (internal or external)

Fall, Year 2

Spring, Year 2

Summer, Year 2

Recruit Committee (if not complete) Develop proposals: DDRI, etc.
Coursework  Coursework Develop publication(s)
GEOG 6000 – Geographic Thought GEOG 6800 – Teaching Practicum
Other courses Other courses
Advising during orientation Annual report due January
Planning meeting with advisory committee in Spring
Meet with Dept Head & Grad Advisor
AAG or professional meeting
Search and apply for grants (internal or external)

Fall, Year 3

Spring, Year 3

Summer, Year 3

Set Exam Committee General Exam (written & oral) Develop publication(s)
File Plan of Study Proposal Defense (presentation)
Coursework Coursework 
Independent Study GRAD 6950 – Dissertation Research
Advising during orientation Annual report due January Begin job hunt
Planning meeting with advisory committee in Spring
Meet with Dept Head & Grad Advisor
AAG or professional meeting
Search and apply for grants (internal or external)

Fall, Year 4

Spring, Year 4

Defend Dissertation
 Coursework  Coursework
GRAD 6950 – Dissertation Research GRAD 6950 – Dissertation Research
Advising during orientation Meet with Dept Head & Grad Advisor
Begin job hunt

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