Timeline for Ph.D. Program

Within first 9 credits have a graduate advisor appointed in writing.

Before beginning of third semester – file Program of Study with Graduate Program Coordinator.

Before end of semester preceding Qualifying Examination (QE) – declare intent to take QE in writing to ME Graduate Program Coordinator.

QE must be taken prior to the beginning of the third year for students entering with a BS degree, or prior to the beginning of the second year for students entering with an MS degree.

Each year the major professor must submit form Student Annual Evaluation

Before Proposal Defense (PD):

Have the dissertation Committee appointed in writing. Submit Form D-1/D-1r* (THESIS/DISSERTATION COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS) to Division of Graduate Studies, along with a summary of the thesis proposal.

Declare intent to present PD and, if appropriate, the CE in writing to the ME Graduate Program Director, including form D-3 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal.

Two weeks prior to the defense, provide a copy of the written proposal to the members of the Thesis Committee.

The Residency Requirement must be satisfied prior to being admitted to Ph.D. candidacy.

The Final Defense must be held less than nine years after admittance with a BS degree, or less than six years after admittance with an MS degree.

Semester prior to graduation and semester of graduation

Must be registered for at least three hours of Dissertation credits.

Beginning of semester of graduation

Submit application for graduation to Registrar’s office (refer to official FIU Academic Calendar for official “last day to apply for graduation”).

Verify the last possible day to hold the thesis defense (Deadlines for Thesis and Dissertation) – normally about three weeks before end of semester.

Thesis/Dissertation Writing Consultant

At least 2 weeks before thesis defense

Submit Form D-5 *(REQUEST FOR THESIS/DISSERTATION DEFENSE) to Division of Graduate Studies, along with thesis announcement and thesis abstract (IBM diskette and hard copy).

Supply copy of thesis to all committee members.

Defend thesis

Within one week of thesis defense

Submit Form ETD* (RESULTS OF THESIS/DISSERTATION DEFENSE) to Division of Graduate Studies.

At least 2 business days before graduation (varies according to semester – consult FIU calendar)

Obtain signatures of Thesis Committee approving thesis (signature page in the thesis document).

* Information regarding the forms required by the Division of Graduate Studies is provided here for your convenience. This information may change before the new version of this manual is issued. Please consult the University Graduate School (PC 520, 348-2455) to obtain the most current information. Note that Forms D-1 thru ETD all require the signature of the Dean of the College of Engineering. Contact the Dean’s office early enough so that you may obtain this signature in time for the deadline. All forms submitted to the Division of Graduate Studies must be typed.