Timeline to Degree

Overview

Timeline Task(s)
1st Year IEB Core Courses: BISC 515 & 549
End of 1st year Screening Exam
2nd Year Course Work & Research
3rd Year Course Work & Research
End of 3rd Year Qualifying Exam (Dissertation Proposal)
4th Year Research & Writing
5th Year Research & Writing
End of 5th Year Dissertation Defense

First Year

Timeline Task(s)
August Coming to USC
Mid August Grad Orientation and IEB Orientation
End of August 1st day classes
Mid December Fall finals
January Review degree progress with advisor
May beginning Spring finals
Early May Screening Exam for 1st year students

 Second Year

Timeline Task(s)
During summer Required courses and registration
In August Review degree progress with advisor
End of August 1st day of classes
In December Fall finals
Early January Review degree progress with advisor
May beginning Spring finals

 Third Year

Timeline Task(s)
During summer Required courses and registration
In August Review degree progress with advisor
End of August 1st day of classes
In December Fall finals
Early January Review degree progress with advisor
  Qualifying Exam
May beginning Spring finals

 Fourth Year

Timeline Task(s)
During Summer Required courses and registration
Before 1st day of classes Degree check
August End 1st day of classes
In August Review degree progress with advisor
In December Fall finals
Early January Review degree progress with advisor
  Written form of dissertation given to committee
  Oral Defense
May Beginning Spring finals

Fifth Year

Timeline Task(s)
During Summer Required courses and registration
End of December 1st day of classes
In December Review degree progress with advisor
Mid December Fall finals
Early January Review degree progress with advisor
  Submit final Dissertation for printing
May Beginning Spring finals

 

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