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Major Steps in ECE Ph.D. Program

1st year*

Application

Entrance phase

Screening Exam

Appointment of Dissertation Committee

Initial Study Program

2nd year

Identification of Research Topic

Completion of Minor

Written Qualifying Exam

Oral Qualifying Exam

Submission and Acceptance of Proposal

Main Research Phase

3rd, 4th years

Advancement to Candidacy

Research Investigation

Delivery of Draft Dissertation

Oral Defense

Signing of Documents

Award of Degree

Graduation

* time schedule listed in this column is typical

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