Appendix A: Normative Time Due Dates

Normative Timeline for Due Dates of Tasks and Milestones

For the sake of this timeline, a “Year” sequences the terms Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Year 1

Term

Due Date

Task or Milestone

Spring

Final Exams Week (approximate)

First Year Comprehensive Exam

Year 2

Term

Due Date

Task or Milestone

Fall

August 20 (approximate)

Required 1st-Year Progress Review Meetings

Fall

October 15

Qualifying Paper Proposal due to Faculty Adviser

Spring

January 24 (approximate)

Progress Review Meetings (as required or requested)

Spring

Final Exams Week

Adviser-Approved Qualifying Paper Due

Spring

Final Exams Week

Declaration of QE committee-approved Fields of Expertise (for students planning a Year 3, Fall term Qualifying Examination)

Year 3

Term

Due Date

Task or Milestone

Fall

August 20 (approximate)

Progress Review Meetings (as required or requested)

Fall

Final Exams Week

Declaration of QE committee-approved Fields of Expertise (for students planning a Year 3, Fall term Qualifying Examination)

Spring

January 24 (approximate)

Progress Review Meetings (as required or requested)

Spring

Six weeks prior to Qualifying Exam

Submit chair-approved Dissertation Prospectus and Fields of Expertise to QE Committee

Spring

Three weeks prior to Qualifying Exam

Submit Graduate Division Application for the Qualifying Examination via CalCentral

Spring

Final Exams Week

Sit for Qualifying Examination

Year 4

Term

Due Date

Task or Milestone

Fall

August 20 (approximate)

Progress Review Meetings (as required or requested)

Fall

Before Advancement to Candidacy

Final Approval for Dissertation Prospectus due

Fall

Final Exams Week (approximate)

File Advancement to Candidacy eForm in CalCentral

Spring

January 24 (approximate)

Progress Review Meetings (as required or requested)

Spring

April 30 (unless completed earlier for DCF)

Complete Doctoral Candidacy Review (DCR) in CalCentral

Year 5

Term

Due Date

Task or Milestone

Fall

August 20 (approximate)

Progress Review Meetings (as required or requested)

Spring

January 24 (approximate)

Progress Review Meetings (as required or requested)

Spring

Final Exams Week (approximate)

File Dissertation