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Overview of our Program

PhD Program

MA Program

Length

Our recommended time to completion is 4 years
(max.: 6 years):

  • Year 1 - Course work
  • Year II - Candidacy completed
  • Year III & IV - Dissertation

Our recommended time to completion is 2 years
(max.: 4 years):

  • Year I - Course work
  • Year II - Thesis

Funding

All admitted PhD students receive guaranteed
funding
for four years:

  • Your funding offer will generally range from
    $25,000 to $30,000 in Year I and II and
    $16,000 to $18,000 in Year III and IV, when
    tuition fees are lower.
  • Funding offers generally are made up of a
    teaching assistant position as well as
    scholarship money.
  • Your tuition fees are not included in the funding
    offer and must be paid separately.

For more information see our Graduate Program
Handbook.

All admitted MA students receive guaranteed funding
for two years:

  • Your funding offer will generally range from
    $14,000 to $22,000 in Year I and $10,000 to
    $12,000 in Year II, when tuition fees are lower.
  • Funding offers generally are made up of a
    teaching assistant position as well as
    scholarship money.
  • Your tuition fees are not included in the funding
    offer and must be paid separately.

For more information see our Graduate Program
Handbook.

Office Space

As a PhD student, you are guaranteed a desk in a
shared office space for 5 years.

As a MA student, you are guaranteed a desk in a
shared office space for 2 years.

Courses

You will complete a minimum of 18 units or 3.0 Full-
course equivalents (i.e., 6 x one-semester courses)
in Year I.

For more information see:

You will complete a minimum of 15 units or 2.5 Full-
course equivalents (i.e., 5 x one-semester courses)
in Year I.

For more information see our Graduate Program Handbook.

Candidacy

As PhD student, you are required to complete 5
candidacy requirements by Year II:

  • Required Course Work
  • 2 x Field of Study (FoS) Written Examination
  • 1 x Field of Study (FoS) Oral Examination
  • Thesis Proposal and Meeting
  • Optional Language Requirement

For more information see our Graduate Program
Handbook.

Not applicable.

Thesis

Working with your Supervisor and Supervisory
Committee, as a PhD student, you will research,
write, and defend a doctoral dissertation of
approximately 250-300 pages.
Working with your Supervisor, as a MA student, you
will research, write and defend a MA thesis of
approximately 100 pages.