PhD Requirements & Timeline Explanation (Matriculation 2017-2019)

There are a number of Whiting School of Engineering policies related to Ph.D. students, which are listed here. PhD student requirements for the department include:

  • 8 Courses*
  • Department Qualifying Examination (DQE)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research short course (AS.360.625)
  • Academic Ethics short course (EN.500.603)
  • Final Ph.D. Thesis Defense and Graduate Board Oral Examination (GBO)

*All courses must be completed with a grade of B or better. All courses must be at the 600- or 700- level and be approved by the student’s advisor.

 

Typical Timeline for PhD Students

**For additional information, please click on the highlighted terms. Click here for a full PhD Requirements Timeline Explanation. **

Fall Intersession Spring Summer
 

 

  • Second semester coursework and research
Research
Fall Intersession Spring Summer
  • Research
  • Coursework (typically finishing up this semester)
  • PhD Thesis Committee Meeting encouraged
  • Research
  • Coursework (if necessary)
Research
  • Research (year-round)
  • PhD Thesis Committee Meeting encouraged
  • Annual review completed by January 31
  • Research (year-round)
  • PhD Thesis Committee Meeting encouraged every year
  • Annual review completed by January 31

Note:  Teaching assistant duties may also be assigned during one or more semesters.

 

PhD Mentoring

PhD Mentoring Policies and Resources

JHU Mentorship Commitments of Faculty Advisors and PhD Students outlines mentoring expectations of faculty advisors and of PhD students in support of the mission of excellence in PhD education at Johns Hopkins.

If you have questions or concerns related to your faculty advisor, please contact Michael Shields, Director of Graduate Studies, at [email protected].

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