Doctoral Graduate Students
Registration and Progression
For information on program timelines, supervision, thesis committee membership, changes of status, leaves of absence, and appeals, please review the information on our registration and progression page.
All PhD students are required to write a comprehensive examination after completion of the core courses in epidemiology and biostatistics. The exam is written in the fourth term, provided that the first-year course work has been successfully completed. Details are available on the Epidemiology Field of Study Comprehensive Exam Information and Biostatistics Field of Study Comprehensive Exam Information pages.
Thesis Proposal Examination
All doctoral students must successfully defend a thesis proposal before proceeding with their thesis research. Details are available on the thesis proposal requirements page.
A successfully defended and completed doctoral thesis is the milestone of completing a doctoral degree in our department.
Intent to Submit
When PhD students are ready to defend their thesis, and after consultation with the supervisor and supervisory committee, an Intent to Submit Thesis ( PDF) form must be completed and given to the Academic Programs Coordinator at least eight (8) weeks prior to the earliest proposed examination date. This form is specific to our department.
Given that defenses are often clustered near the end of a term, a deadline to submit this form will be enforced. For the fall term (September-December), the form must be submitted no later than November 1; for the winter term (January -April), no later than March 1; and for the summer term (May-August), no later than July 1.
Thesis Exam Request
For an overview of submission dates, please visit Thesis Timelines.
When the thesis is thought to meet recognized scholarly standards for the discipline and degree and is ready for examination, the Graduate Chair arranges a Thesis Examination by setting a proposed date
Thesis Overview and Regulations
A thesis based on the report of research findings may take one of two formats: Monograph (traditional or proposal style format) or Integrated-Article (manuscript format).
These formats are well described on the SGPS website, which MUST be followed by all PhD students. The student is reminded that, regardless of the format adopted, a thesis in Epidemiology and Biostatistics needs to contain a chapter devoted to a detailed, critical review of the literature.
Please submit this form ( PDF) for a list of additional tasks to be completed upon recepit of a notification of completion email from SGPS.