Doctoral Program

Ph.D. Checklist


Fall (1st semester):

  • Choose Guidance Committee- file departmental form A. See notes below for committee details.
  • Complete Qualifying Exam- file departmental form report on qualifying exam
  • Complete two internships & internship course (610A, B, C) - file departmental form L (2).  At least 2 of your 3 internships must be completed with EEB faculty.
  • Complete ECOL 600B (Fundamentals of Ecology)

Spring (2nd semester):

  • Complete internship and internship course (610A, C) - file departmental form L .
  • Complete and file Provisional Study Program- file departmental form C.
  • Complete ECOL 600A (Fundamentals of Evolution).


Fall (3rd semester):

Spring (4th semester):

  • Submit Comp Exam Committee Appointment Form (upon departmental approval of your doctoral committee) - online GradPath Form.

Annually beginning in your second year:

  • Present a seminar in the departmental noon seminar (ECOL 596B)- file departmental form K each time.
  • Meet with Dissertation Committee to review research progress and get advice on research directions- file departmental form J each time.


Fall (5th semester):

  • Submit Announcement of Doctoral Comprehensive Exam (at least one week in advance) - online GradPath Form .
  • Complete written and oral portion of Comprehensive Exam - your advisor will report the results using online GradPath form Result of Comprehensive Exam.
  • Submit an electronic copy of your approved prosposal to the EEB Graduate Coordinator.
  • Submit Doctoral Disseration Appointment form - online GradPath Form.


By the end of your 10th semester:

  • Submit Announcement of Final Oral Defense form - online GradPath Form.
  • Complete and defend disseration - your advisor will report the results using online GradPath form Result of Final Oral Defense form.
  • Submit your dissertation to the Graduate College through UMI Electronic Submission Site.  Please see Graduate College's Submission Process.


  • Complete 4 semesters of noon seminar, ECOL 596B.
  • Complete at least two semester as a half-time (0.5 FTE) Graduate Teaching Assistant.
  • Complete the EEB Grad Core courses: ECOL600A Fundamentals in Evolution & ECOL600B Fundamentals in Ecology


  • Guidance Committee:  Three member committee composed of your temporary advisor and at least one additional EEB faculty member (including joint faculty).  This committee should be established in your first month.  If you wish to have non-university faculty on this committee you must contact the EEB grad coordinator. See the Grad Handbook for additional details.

Check sheet for PhD