|At the end of each student’s first full year of study, the student prepares a “Doctoral
Program Proposal” worksheet using the Ph.D. Student Advising website This is a planning document that describes the courses the student plans to take
to meet his/her degree requirements and his/her anticipated plans for taking the comprehensive
exam. This Doctoral Program Proposal is based on the curriculum (see Ph.D. Student Handbook) and any other course substitutions. Course substitutions must be approved by the Director
under the guidelines established by the Ph.D. Policy committee. This “Doctoral Program
Proposal” is formally approved by the Ph.D. Program Director. When it is approved
and signed by the student, the dissertation advisor, the program director, and the
Dean of the Graduate School, it becomes the student’s official doctoral program proposal.
Currently, all students except those on approved leaves of absence have a formally
approved doctoral program proposal.