Recommended term-by-term program of study

Thesis: Thesis completion timeline to be determined by the student with approval from the supervisor and committee. Details of the thesis research timeline will vary by student. Students should consult with their supervisors early in the program to ensure that their proposed timeline results in timely program completion.

Term 1 (Fall)

Courses: PLAN 700, 801

Term 2 (Winter)

Thesis: Submit well-developed research plan by October of second year. Oral presentations for third party review are held in PLAN 802 in the second year.

Courses: PLAN 710

Term 3 (Spring)

Courses: NONE

Term 4 (Fall)

Courses: PLAN 802


  • The Research Plan milestone is satisfied with the oral presentation of the research plan in PLAN 802.
  • Comprehensive Exam: PhD candidates shall normally be give the comprehensive paper question during or after the 13th month (term 4, October) from the date of first registration in the PhD program and at any time up to and including the 16th month (term 5, January). In scheduling the oral exam, they should allow at least seven weeks from picking up the question until the oral exam. The advisor should initiate the exam scheduling process by filling out the Comprehensive Examination Worksheet and returning it to the Graduate Program Administrator. For further information about the comprehensive examination, please see the Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Procedures.

Research in Planning

35 new PhD positions available.