The sample timelines below represent the typical paces that students progress through the English PhD Program. Many students will likely be on one of these paces, while a few may take an additional semester or year.

Please note: Once a student has passed candidacy examinations, she/he need only take 1 hour of dissertation credit to be classified as a full-time student with a university D4 form (Doctoral Candidates 1-Hour Full-time Notification). The program requires 9 hours of dissertation; therefore, the table below reflect an apportionment of those hours over the likely amount of time required to write a dissertation.

 SemesterFull-time studentPart-time student
Year 1Fall9 hrs core/field/elective3 hrs core/field/elective
Spring9 hrs3 hrs
Summer3 hrs6 hrs
Year 2Fall9 hrs3 hrs
Spring9 hrs3 hrs
SummerStudy6 hrs
Year 3FallDissertation Seminar/Candidacy Exams3 hrs
Spring3 hrs Dissertation3 hrs
Summer1 hr Dissertation6 hrs
Year 4Fall3 hrs DissertationDissertation Seminar/Candidacy Exams
Spring2 hrs Dissertation/Defense/Graduate2 hrs Dissertation
Summer2 hrs Dissertation
Year 5Fall2 hrs Dissertation
Spring2 hrs Dissertation
Summer1 hrs Dissertation
Year 6Fall1 hr Dissertation/Defense/Graduate