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Timeline for Ph.D. in Microbiology

This timetable provides a structure to keep students on track toward timely completion of a Ph.D. in Microbiology.

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4+
CoursesDissertation ResearchDissertation ResearchDissertation Research
Laboratory RotationComplete Teaching RequirementPreliminary Exam (Fall Semester)Annual Research Progress Report
Form Advisory CommitteePrepare Written Preliminary ExamAnnual Research Progress Report

Approves dissertation and conducts final exam (earliest likely date)
Thesis Outline ApprovalAnnual Research Progress Report
Annual Research Progress Report
Submit Graduate Plan of Work to the Graduate School
Begin Research Project