EDS Progress Report, Pacing, and Checklists

Each student determines their own “start” and “end” date regardless of their registration timeline. We do not have official due dates in the Exam-Dissertation Sequence (EDS).

EDS Progress Report

Maintain your progress report at least once per term. Use this to share successes and challenges to help your advisors stay informed of your progress and to support you throughout your EDS Journey.

This form also asks you to share some additional details to help us understand your research interests as they evolve throughout the sequence.

Timelines and Registration Policies

Overall Timeline: It is anticipated that it may take you at least three years to complete the full EDS. Review our detailed information when mapping out your milestones and registration.

While registration is based on a single term (set up for 8 weeks for Fall and Spring and 6 weeks for Summer), students should expect to spend at least a full semester on each seminar and its corresponding milestones. Completion dates are at the discretion of each student and vary based on your capacity and time commitment, mastery of the literature review genre and scholarly writing, and the volume of reading required to become well-versed in your general and special fields and selected methodology.

Incompletes and your Next Registration

You will earn an incomplete until all work is finished for the relevant seminar. You may enroll in a single credit of EPOL 595 or 599 (depending on your stage in the EDS) as you continue working on your incomplete. We will approve your registration request form for the next course once you demonstrate reasonable progress on your current milestone. We will assign a final grade for the course once your work is ready for peer review.

EDS Email List

After you fill out the status report, we will add you to our EDS email list so that you can begin to acclimate yourself to our process and community. While some of the updates in the emails may feel irrelevant, we encourage you to still read them as they will be useful in some capacity in the near future.


Other Checklists

Literature Review Checklist

Don’t forget to review the Literature Review Guidelines as well.

Work Submission Checklist

The Work Submission process has several details that help all of us stay organized as students work on different milestones at different times and engage in a recursive review process.

Preliminary Exam Checklist: Planning

As you work on your methodology, look ahead at what you’ll need to do to prepare for your preliminary exam (Refer to the Planning Checklist section)

Preliminary Exam Checklist: Manuscript and Presentation

Make sure to follow the checklist when you are ready to submit your preliminary exam manuscript for final approval and for committee review. (Refer to the Manuscript and Approval Checklist section)

Final Defense Checklist: Planning

As you work on your data analysis, look ahead at what you’ll need to do to prepare for your final dissertation and defense (Refer to the Planning Checklist section)

Final Defense Checklist: Manuscript and Presentation

Make sure to follow the checklist when you are ready to submit your final dissertation manuscript for final approval and for committee review. (Refer to the Final Manuscript and Approval Checklist section)

Dissertation Deposit Checklist: The Thesis Office

Refer to the Thesis Office for all additional requirements

Refer to the following related pages for requirements and additional information.