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Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (NELC)

Timeline for the PhD Program
in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

First Year
Semester 1:  4 courses 
Semester 2:  4 courses 
First modern language exam before the beginning of 3rd semester. 


Second Year
Semester 3:  3 courses + TA-ship 
Semester 4:  3 courses + TA-ship + MA degree 
Qualifying (preliminary) Examinations at end of 3rd semester or early in the 4th semester. 
For students continuing, MA to be completed by the end of August.  
Students taking a terminal MA may register for two semesters of MA thesis preparation at reduced tuition.  
Second modern language examination before the beginning of 5th semester. Students will be able to take French or German for reading proficiency during the summer.


Third Year
Semester 5:  3 courses + TA-ship 
Semester 6:  3 courses (one of which must be a NELC999 course directed toward the dissertation proposal) + TA-ship  = 20 cu’s 

Summer between Third and Fourth Years 
Preparation for Candidacy Examinations


Fourth Year
Semester 7:  Candidacy Examinations taken over no more than two weeks in late August–early October or, with permission of the graduate chair and the student’s supervisor, in May of 3rd year or December–early January of 4th year. Submission of a preliminary dissertation proposal based on work done in the 999 course in semester 6 one week before the beginning of the candidacy exams. Oral review of the Candidacy Exams no later than two weeks after the completion of the written exams.
Semester 8: Dissertation Proposal. Submission of formal dissertation proposal within two months after completion of candidacy exams.


Fifth Year: Last semesters of guaranteed funding 
Semester 9: Dissertation research and writing 
Public presentation of dissertation research in the 9th or 10th semester. 
Semester 10:  Dissertation research and writing 
Note: Students who have not completed all their exams and have had their dissertation proposal accepted by the end of the 5th year will be dropped from the PhD program.


Sixth Year =  First semesters on reduced dissertation tuition 
Semester 11:  Dissertation research and writing
Semester 12: Dissertation research and writing


Note: Students who do not complete the dissertation by the end of their 10th year will be dropped from the PhD program.