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Guide for Graduate Students

Doctor of Philosophy in History

The program
Admission requirements
Nature of course offerings
Fields of study
Requirements and restrictions
Previously earned credits
Time limitation
Foreign language requirement
Comprehensive examination
Reading lists for Ph.D. comprehensive examination fields
Timetable for doctoral program
Forms and applications

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Time Limitation in the Ph.D. Program

You must complete all the coursework for the degree within a ten-year period beginning at the end of the calendar year in which you first enroll, and you must complete the degree within twelve years from the entry date. Other than credits transferred from your M.A. program, no credits that you earned more than twelve calendar years prior to the year of your graduation can count for the degree. There are no exceptions to this policy. You may, however, be able to “validate” some old courses, as described in the graduate catalog. Such validation, which generally involves additional readings, and must include a written exam, is limited to 1/3 of the total credits required for the degree and is limited to courses with a fixed content. In particular, you cannot validate directed readings, research seminars, or thesis credit.

Grades earned in courses older than twelve years will appear on your transcript but will not be included in your GPA.

The twelve-year time limitation does not apply to course work from your master’s degree.

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