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Ph.D. Degree Milestones

The following are milestones that should be used as a guide to the successful completion of a doctoral program for a student entering post-BS degree. Please also refer to sample timeline charts for other cases (MD/PhD or PhD post-MS degree):

Charts showing sample timeline and milestones: PhD (post-BS); PhD (post-MS); PhD (MD/PhD).

Prior to First Registration

  • Meet with faculty advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator for advice on possible courses to take in the first semester.
  • Register for courses through myPurdue.

During First Semester

  • Satisfy the English proficiency requirements and all other admission conditions (e.g., presentation of your final transcript to the graduate school and fulfill immunization requirements).
  • Satisfy requirement for one Critical Literature Assessment course (CLA) in the first semester. The BME graduate office will facilitate registration in an appropriate CLA course.

Within The First Three Semesters (including summer session)

  • Submit documents for Phase I (QLA) of the PQP by deadline (Tuesday prior to start of classes for your second year) and successfully pass no later than early spring semester of your second year.

Before completion of 2nd year

Before Completion of 3rd year

Prior to Final Semester

  • Review your plan of study to ensure that all degree requirements are met.
  • Discuss your future plans with your faculty advisor and the BME Graduate Program Coordinator.
  • Review instructions on scheduling the final exam to see if you have any questions in advance of final semester.
  • Review Purdue graduation deadlines to see if you have any questions in advance of final semester.

During Final Semester

  • Follow instructions on scheduling the final exam. Note that you are required to meet with the BME Graduate Program Coordinator at least 1-2 months from proposed date of exam to discuss requirements for the exam. This includes information on thesis formatting requirements, scheduling and conducting the final oral exam, distribution of thesis copies, etc.
  • Prior to the deadline to declare candidacy, contact the BME Graduate Program Assistant so that he/she may register you as a graduation candidate for your final semester.