Getting Started with the Exam-Dissertation Sequence

In This Section

1. Indicate your intent to begin the Exam-Dissertation Sequence on our EDS Progress Report

2. Understand the Exam-Dissertation Sequence (EDS), including the process and requirements

3. Review this web site; become familiar with what is included by visiting the different navigation menus

4. Complete the Exam-Dissertation Sequence Survey (complete this prior to beginning the EDS and then periodically throughout our experience in the EDS)

5. Attend an upcoming EDS Onboarding session (EDS Introduction presentation)

6. Become familiar with the registration process, including the required forms and when to complete them at the relevant times

7. Join the LDL Doctoral Dissertation Sequence CGScholar Community

8. Complete the EDS Prework at least one semester prior to formally beginning the EDS

9. Review the Navigating the Exam-Dissertation Sequence page

10. Review sample Milestone Deadlines and map out your own timeline

11. Begin attending the Group Advising Sessions and Workshops at least one term prior to formally beginning the EDS

12. Contact Dr. Francis to arrange your initial individual advising session (can be anytime during the semester before beginning the general field)

TopicUpcoming DatesDescriptionTiming
Exam-Dissertation Sequence (EDS)July 25th and September 19th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. CTLearn how to navigate the EDS, including the processes and expectations of this six-course sequenceAt least one full semester prior to starting your ERP (PhD students) or the EDS (The EDS begins after you complete your regular 10 courses)
Literature Review GenreAugust 1st from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. CTPrepare to apply the principles and expectations of the literature review genreBefore you begin your ERP (PhD students) or the EDS
General FieldJuly 25th from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. CTDetermine your general field topic and a plan for completing your general field course and examination. The same concepts apply to the Special field, so there is not an additional session.Before you begin the General Field
Theory and MethodologyOctober 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. CTDiscuss theoretical foundations, logic models, methodology design, and implementation principlesBefore you begin your ERP (PhD students) or EPOL 588