CMB PhD timeline

The following timeline is recommended for all PhD students in the CMB program. Completion of requirements as described will ensure that each student will progress through the program in an efficient and timely manner.


Year One
  • Begin coursework.
  • Required courses are:
    • Statistics course
    • VMED 8134 Ethical Conduct of Animal Research
    • VMED 8550 Veterinary Medicine Seminar (4 credits)
    • Two additional 8000-level courses in major field
  • Submit graduate degree plan by end of Year One.
  • Identify thesis committee members and request approval of committee from PAC.
Year Two
  • Complete coursework.
  • Schedule first committee meeting during fall semester to discuss thesis proposal and approval of alternate proposal title and submit committee meeting report form.
  • Submit written preliminary exam to Graduate Programs Coordinator (GPC) for committee approval.
  • Schedule oral preliminary exam online with Graduate Student Services and Progress.
  • Complete preliminary oral exam before end of summer.
Year Three
Year Four
  • Complete thesis research, write and defend dissertation.
  • Schedule and complete annual committee meeting and submit committee meeting report form.
  • Request graduation packet from Graduate School Website.
  • Submit Application for Degree to Onestop.
  • Provide draft of thesis to committee (allow at least three weeks for review) and obtain signatures on thesis reviewers’ report form.
  • Provide graduate program coordinator with thesis title, date, time and location of thesis defense (two weeks prior to defense).
  • Complete final oral defense/examination online scheduling form and submit thesis reviewers’ form to GSSP (at least one week prior to defense).
  • Submit final oral examination report form to GSSP.
  • Electronically submit final thesis manuscript, instructions found here:
  • Complete exit interview with graduate program coordinator.
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