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Graduate Program Timeline

This is a sample program timeline. Students should anticipate a four year period of residency, followed by two years of dissertation research and writing. The department does its best to provide funding for five years, but expects that students will seek at least one year of extramural funding (usually to support dissertation research).

First Year

Students are required to take AH8001, Art History: Theory and Methods, during their first semester. They should take two additional courses in fall semester and three courses in spring semester, completing a total of 18 course credits during the first year. They should make plans to finish the first of their language requirements, consider potential topics for the Plan B papers, and discuss those plans with potential advisers.

Fall Semester (9 credits)

  • ArtH8001 Art History: Theory and Methods

Spring Semester (9 credits)

  • Apply for departmental financial aid
  • Fulfill language requirement and file appropriate form with the Graduate School
  • Complete Degree Program Form
  • Determine Plan B topics, select readers
  • Select academic adviser and committee members

Second Year

By the end of the second year, students should have completed all of the 36 course credits for the MA.They should have completed both of their Plan B papers and should have fulfilled their first language requirement. Early in spring semester of the second year, students apply for admission into the PhD program the following fall.In addition, they must fill out a Change of Status application with the Graduate School.

Fall Semester (9 credits)

  • Complete at least one Plan B paper
  • Continue work on second Plan B paper
  • Apply for spring commencement

Spring Semester (9 credits)

  • Apply for Change of Status
  • Apply to the department for admission to the PhD program
  • Apply for departmental financial aid
  • Complete Masters Examination and file Report of Committee on Examination form with the Graduate School
  • File Application for Degree form on or before first business day of the month of graduation
  • Request Graduation Packet
  • Complete second Plan B

Third Year

During the third year of the program, students complete their remaining courses. In addition, they should finish the second of their language requirements. They work with their adviser to plan for the preliminary doctoral examinations, which they take either in the summer or during the fall semester of the fourth year. They develop a dissertation topic and determine the appropriate committee members.

Fall Semester (9 credits)

Spring Semester (9 credits)

  • Apply for departmental financial aid
  • File Degree Program Form for PhD with the Graduate School
  • Due to the ongoing restructuring of the Graduate School, some of the requirements for formatting and filing may have changed.
    For the latest information on the Degree Program guidelines, please review the Graduate School's Degree Program Checklist at: http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/doctoral/phdeddchecklist.html
  • Complete second language requirement and file appropriate form with the Graduate School
  • Develop dissertation topic and appropriate committee

Fourth Year

In the fourth year, students prepare to research and write the dissertation. They take their preliminary doctoral examinations, develop a dissertation prospectus, and apply for extramural funding for the subsequent year. In the fall semester, students may register for thesis credits (if they pass their prelims by the deadline for registration).If planning to take the prelim s later in the fall semester, students may register for pre-thesis credits, GRAD999, or they may register for any remaining coursework.

Fall Semester (9 credits)

  • Finish remaining course work or additional languages
  • Schedule and take prelims (by September deadline if planning to register for thesis credits during fall semester)
  • Preliminary Written Exam Report filed two weeks prior to date of preliminary oral exam
  • Preliminary oral exam
  • File Preliminary Oral Examination Report
  • Develop dissertation prospectus
  • Apply for external funding

Spring Semester (9 credits)

  • File Thesis Proposal Form
  • Prepare for field research

Fifth Year

In the fifth year, students are supported by external funding and are away conducting dissertation research. They are required to take a total of 24 thesis credits while working on the dissertation.If students complete those credits before finishing the degree, they may register for GRAD999, which is free and allows them to maintain full-time status. If they are ineligible for GRAD999, they may continue to take thesis credits (so long as they accumulate at least 24 credits toward the degree).

Sixth Year

In the final year, students return to the department where they receive their fifth year of financial support. During this year, they complete the dissertation and defend it.

Fall Semester (9 credits)

  • Apply for spring commencement
  • Due to the ongoing restructuring of the Graduate School, some of the requirements for formatting and filing may have changed.
    For the latest information on the Degree Program guidelines, please review the Graduate School's Degree Program Checklist at: http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/doctoral/phdeddchecklist.html

Spring Semester (9 credits)

  • File Application for Degree form on the first business day of the month to graduate in that month
  • Distribute dissertation/thesis to committee at least two weeks in advance of final oral examination.
  • The Thesis Reviewer's form is filed with the Graduate School one week prior to the final oral examination.
  • Final Oral Examination is scheduled with the Graduate School one week in advance of the exam date.
  • Announcements of public presentation of thesis topic are posted at least one week in advance of the exam date.
  • Final Examination Report, one copy of the unbound PhD thesis, and the Microfilm Agreement Form are submitted to the Graduate School within 24 hours of the Thesis Defense. Thesis Abstract are submitted to the Graduate School on the last working day of the month to graduate in that month.

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