Graduate Students | PhD Program Requirements


Graduate College (GC) forms will be routed through GradPath in UAccess. Geoscience (GEO) forms wil be submitted to the Geosciences Graduate Office. PhD degrees are expected to take four years to complete. Students not following this schedule are at risk of making unsatisfactory academic progress.

Please refer to the Steps to Your Degree page for information about GC forms.


Important Info What When

Get the details on your PhD here:

Geosciences PhD Handbook
Complete with forms
(PDF file)

PhD Diagnostic Exam

Submit Diagnostic Exam form (GEO PDF file) to Geosciences Grad Office. Meet with Temporary Advisor and two committee members; plan program of study.

1st semester

Responsible Conduct of Research (GC)

Submit this form through GradPath. Required before any other forms can be filed.

1st semester

Evaluation of Transfer Credit (GC) If applicable.

Student may use 15 units of transfer from an MS degree.

2nd semester

PhD Plan of Study (GC).                          

Submit this form through GradPath.
List 45 units of course work

3rd semester

Comp Exam Committee Appointment (GC).   

Submit this form through GradPath. Your committee must have four members; three members must be tenure-track in Geosciences.

3rd semester

Preliminary or Comprehensive Exam

Work with advisor to determine format of written exam. Complete written exam. Submit Announcement of Doctoral Comprehensive Exam (GC) through GradPath to schedule oral exam.

by end of
4th Semester

Remember your yearly committee meeting!

Each student must meet with their committee once a year (see handbook above for details).

Proposed Research

Formulate dissertation research proposal. Submit Proposed Dissertation Research form (GEO PDF file)  to Geosciences Grad Office.

Semester after Oral Comp

Doctoral Dissertation Committee Appointment (GC).

Submit this form through GradPath.

Six months before defense

Final Oral Defense (GC)                        

Submit Announcement of Final Oral Defense through GradPath to schedule defense.

Posted Deadline

Submit Dissertation                         

Submit an electronic copy of the dissertation to the Graduate College and submit the required CD to the Department.

Posted Deadline