Progression & Timelines
Graduate students are expected to meet progression requirements (or "milestones") in a timely fashion according to the schedule detailed in the Department of Philosophy Program & Progression Requirements. Our PhD students are required to submit an annual progress report by May 15th each year.
PhD Program Milestones Overview
Four Year Stream
During their first year, students are required to complete 6 half-credit courses in which they must achieve an overall average of at least 75% to maintain minimal good standing. Then in the second term of their second year they will take the prospectus course (see below). See: PhD Program > Requirements > Course Requirements
Five Year Stream (Direct Entry)
During their first year, students are required to complete 6 half-credit courses and, during their second year, students are required to complete 5 half-credit courses. Then in the second term of their third year they will take the prospectus course (see below). They must achieve an overall average of at least 75% to maintain minimal good standing. See: PhD Program > Requirements > Course Requirements
Area Comprehensive Examination Requirement
Students are expected to pass the comprehensive examination in their intended area of dissertation research by the end of their third year in the PhD program. See: PhD Program > Requirements > Competency & Comprehensive Exam Requirements
Dissertation Prospectus and Prospectus Defence Requirements
Students will take the Prospectus Course in the second term of their third year and are expected to complete and defend their dissertation prospectus before commencing their final year in the program. See: PhD Program > Requirements > Prospectus Requirements
Progression Requirement Enforcement
If a student fails to observe these guidelines, the Graduate Program Chair, after consultation with the student and, if appropriate, the student’s supervisor, will draw up a plan of work that the student will be expected to follow in order to make up whatever deficit is at issue. Where the Graduate Affairs Committee determines that a student's progress is especially slow or problematic, the student may be put on Probation, and required to satisfy a specified plan of work by a deadline. If the student should fail to meet the Probationary requirements, the Graduate Program Chair may recommend to SGPS that the student be withdrawn from the program on academic grounds. In highly exceptional circumstances, conspicuous failure to meet the Progression requirements may lead to a student being withdrawn without benefit of any Probationary period. In addition, both the MA and PhD programs have requirements for satisfactory performance in courses, as indicated below. A student who fails to achieve these standards will be considered not to be making satisfactory progress towards the degree and may be required to withdraw.
Under special circumstances these guidelines may be modified to meet the needs of students who are admitted to the program without an adequate preparation in philosophy or who otherwise require a special course of study. In such cases, the students involved will be informed, in writing, before the last day for course registration in the relevant term, of the alternative set of guidelines they will be required to observe.