Program Overview

Year 1

Fall / Spring / Summer

  • Core and Required PhD Courses

Year 2

Fall / Spring

  • Concentration and Cognate Courses & Teaching Assistantship

Summer

  • Concentration and Cognate Courses

Year 3

Fall

  • Appoint Qual Committee & Develop Exam Questions

Spring

  • Qualifying Exam: Written and Oral

Late Spring

  • Appoint Dissertation Committee

Summer

  • Prepare & Defend Dissertation Proposal

Year 4

Fall

  • Data Collection

Spring

  • Data Analysis

Late Spring / May

  • Dissertation Defense

May / June

  • Make Committee Requested Edits

June

  • Upload Required Documents
  • Upload Final Dissertation Manuscript

July

  • Make USC Grad School Formatting Edits

August

  • Degree Conferral!