Requirements and Courses

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of three years of full-time resident study (six full-time terms) beyond a bachelor's degree. A candidate who holds a master's degree in the area of specialization may, on the recommendation of the Department, be permitted to count the work done for the master's degree as the first year of resident study.

Thesis

All courses and the comprehensive examinations must be successfully completed before the thesis proposal is submitted.

Required Courses

MUGS 701 Comprehensive Exam Part 1
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUGS 702 Comprehensive Exam Part 2
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Complementary Courses (6-36 credits)

Students entering in Ph.D. 1

A minimum of five 3-credit graduate courses approved by the Department (the Doctoral Tutorial will be considered a course for purposes of this requirement).

Additional graduate courses (normally two to seven 3-credit graduate courses), will be assigned by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the area chair at the time of the admissions decision.

Students entering in Ph.D. 2

Applicants who have completed a master's degree before entering the Ph.D. program will be admitted into Ph.D. 2, and assigned graduate courses (normally two to seven 3-credit graduate courses) beyond the master's requirements.

The number of courses will be assigned by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the area chair at the time of the admissions decision.

Doctoral Colloquium

Required attendance is required for four terms of, and at least one presentation on his/her thesis research in, the Doctoral Colloquium:

MUGS 705 Colloquium
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer