Students

Ph.D. degree procedures

There are different procedures for students who enter the Ph.D. program without an M.S., with an M.S. from another school, and with a UW MSME or MSE degree.

For questions about the Ph.D. degree that are not answered here, contact Graduate Academic Adviser Wanwisa Kisalang at megrad@uw.edu.

Timeline

PhD entry Take the Qualifying Exam Establish your Supervisory Committee Take the General Exam Establish your Reading Committee Take the Final Exam
Pre-M.S. entry 12–24 months after entry to Ph.D. program Within 1 year after passing the Qualifying Exam 6–18 months after passing Qualifying Exam 3 months prior to scheduling the Final Exam, as soon as the dissertation draft is complete >6 months after passing General Exam
Post-M.S. entry with a UW degree 0–15 months after entry to Ph.D. program Within 1 year after passing the Qualifying Exam 6–18 months after passing Qualifying Exam 3 months prior to scheduling the Final Exam, as soon as the dissertation draft is complete >6 months after passing General Exam
Post-M.S. entry with a non-UW degree 6–18 months after entry to Ph.D. program Within 1 year after passing the Qualifying Exam 6–18 months after passing Qualifying Exam 3 months prior to scheduling the Final Exam, as soon as the dissertation draft is complete >6 months after passing General Exam