Recommended Time to PhD Degree | Department of History

Recommended Time to PhD Degree

This timetable should be used as a guide; students should work out their course of study in consultation with the Graduate Advisor and mentor/major professor.

First Semester
In consultation with faculty mentor and the graduate advisor, student should schedule nine (9) graduate hours including HIST 6000 Historiography.
Students pursuing a PhD degree and who have not already satisfied the foreign language requirement should begin the work necessary to do so (see UNT Doctoral Degree Requirements).
Ph.D. students must fulfill the language requirement before they schedule their comprehensive exams.

Second Semester
In consultation with their faculty mentor and the graduate advisor, student should schedule nine (9) graduate hours including one (1) three-hour seminar.
In addition, student MUST have in place a committee for their comprehensive examination and submit a Degree Plan by the end of the semester.

Third Semester
In consultation with their major professor, student should schedule nine (9) graduate hours including two (2) three-hour seminars.

Fourth Semester
In consultation with their major professor, student should schedule one (1) three-hour seminar.
Students with a TA or TF position (or other university funding) requiring full-time enrollment must schedule six (6) additional graduate hours.
In addition to coursework, students should successfully defend their Comprehensive (Qualifying) Examination, which includes approval of dissertation topic (see LINK to be added).

Fifth Semester
In consultation with their major professor, student should schedule one (1) three-hour HIST 6950 dissertation hours.
Students with a TA or TF position (or other university funding) requiring full-time enrollment must schedule six (6) additional graduate hours.

Sixth Semester
In consultation with their major professor, student should schedule one (1) three-hour HIST 6950 dissertation hours.
Students with a TA or TF position (or other university funding) requiring full-time enrollment must schedule six (6) additional graduate hours.
Students should begin/continue work toward their dissertation. Students must take a minimum of twelve (12) dissertation hours prior to their dissertation defense.

Seventh Semester
In consultation with their major professor, student should schedule one (1) three-hour HIST 6950 dissertation hours.
Students with a TA or TF position (or other university funding) requiring full-time enrollment must schedule six (6) additional graduate hours.

Eighth Semester
In consultation with their major professor, student should schedule one (1) three-hour HIST 6950 dissertation hours.
Students with a TA or TF position (or other university funding) requiring full-time enrollment must schedule six (6) additional graduate hours.
Upon completing the dissertation, the student will make a final oral defense over that completed research (see Link to be added).

Time limitation

All work to be credited toward the doctoral degree beyond the master's degree must be completed within a period of 8 years from the date doctoral credit is first earned. No course credit beyond the master's degree that is more than 10 years old at the time the doctoral program is completed will be counted toward the doctorate.

Time limits are strictly enforced. Students exceeding the time limit may be required to repeat the comprehensive exam, replace out-of-date credits with up-to-date work, and/or show other evidence of being up-to-date in their major and minor fields. Students anticipating they will exceed the time limit should apply for an extension of time before their seventh year of study. For information regarding extensions go to gradschool.unt.edu/extension.htm. Holding a full-time job is not considered in itself sufficient grounds for granting a time extension.

Time spent in active military service of the United States will not be considered in computing these time limits. However, career members of the armed forces should consult the graduate school concerning credit given to work completed before or during active military service.

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