Dissertation and Progress to Degree
Years to Completion of Ph.D. by Graduating Cohort
|Graduation Year||Total Ph.D.s||< 5 Years||5 Years||>5 Years|
Upon satisfying the core and field requirements, the Ph.D. candidate embarks on original research culminating in a completed dissertation. A PhD thesis normally consists of three research papers of publishable quality. The thesis must be approved by a student’s primary and secondary thesis advisors, and by an anonymous third reader. These three faculty members will be the candidate's thesis committee and are responsible for its acceptance. Collaborative work is acceptable and encouraged, but there must be at least one paper in the dissertation that is not co-authored with a faculty member.
Third year students: Continuing Satisfactory Progress
(i) meet regularly with their advisor;
(ii) participate consistently in their primary field advising lunch, their primary field workshop, and the third-year student research lunch;
(iii) complete their third-year paper (this will be discontinued after 2020 for classes who complete 14.192, the second year research methods course and paper requirement)
(iv) participate in third-year meetings organized by the Thesis GRO
Students should present on their research in progress at least once in each of the third-year student research lunch and their field advising lunch. These are intended to provide opportunities for early and broad feedback on research ideas and to develop oral presentation skills. Research ideas or early stage work in progress is encouraged and expected.
Fourth and later year students: Continuing Satisfactory Progress
(i) meet regularly with their advisor
(ii) participate consistently in their primary field advising lunch and their primary field workshop;
(iii) present at least once per year in their field advising lunch or field workshop. Presentations each semester in the field advising lunch is strongly recommended by most fields; consult your advisors for more information.
Satisfactory progress toward a dissertation will be evaluated based on progress assessments by the student’s primary advisor, regular participation in the lunches and workshops, and field lunch or workshop presentations that show continued progress.