The Road to Becoming a Dissertator: Information for PhD Students

The Road to Becoming a Dissertator: Information for PhD Students

Once you finish your coursework (at least 32 credits' worth!), including your minor* (NOTE ASTERISK WHICH SHOULD LINK TO MINOR INFO BELOW)(9 credits) and your skills (6 credits), and your seminars, you're well on your way to becoming a Dissertator. To get there, though, you'll need to jump these additional hurdles:

Together, the Qualifying Exam + Proposal Defense = Preliminary Exams (known as "prelims").

Necessary Paperwork – At least 3 weeks prior to your Proposal Defense, see the Graduate Director to request a Warrant from the Graduate School. The signed Warrant is the signal that the Grad School needs to change your status to DISSERTATOR!

Dissertator Status (also known as Ph.D. Candidacy) – Once you're a Dissertator, you must enroll continuously every fall and spring for 3 credits (no more, no less!). At this point, time begins to matter, as well – you have 5 years to complete your degree or risk re-taking your Preliminary Exams.

* If you plan to pursue a Specific Minor (Option A), you should complete this Minor Agreement form and have it signed by both your advisor and by the department in which you intend to complete those nine credits. You can learn more about the PhD Minor in the Graduate School Academic Guidelines (http://www.grad.wisc.edu/education/acadpolicy/guidelines.html#126).

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