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2. Program of Study

As soon as feasible after a student has been accepted to a doctoral program, the student shall identify a supervisor and outline a program of study, which includes the projected time for completion of the degree, course work, any supplementary work required, and the research area of the dissertation. There are several program time plans that are available on the FGS website that can be used by students to identify dates for the completion of various milestones in the program.

In some academic units, an interim supervisor may be assigned when the student is accepted into the program. In this case, the interim supervisor will provide advisement to the student until the supervisor is selected and approved. When the supervisor is identified, the “Supervisor Approval - Doctoral Program”, form should be submitted to the academic unit graduate program designate and the FGS.

At the appropriate time in the program, determined by the supervisor and student, a supervisory committee will be struck. (See Section 1.3 of the guidelines entitled “Selection, Composition, and Approval of Supervisor & Supervisory Committee”, for details on the nature of the committee.) The “Supervisory Committee Approval – Doctoral Program” form should be completed and submitted to the academic unit graduate program designate and the FGS for approval.

Any changes to the student’s program of study, their supervisor, or supervisory committee since the initial completion of the form, can be made on the “Change to Doctoral Supervisor or Supervisory Committee” form. This is then submitted to the academic unit graduate program designate and FGS for approval.

Figure 1 provides an Overview of Doctoral Program.

Updated November 14 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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