Timeline for doctoral-track M.A. students

This is a list of time-sensitive steps in the process of acquiring an M.A. on the way to the Ph.D. in the UIC Dept. of History.  It is not a list of all degree requirements.  Italics indicate that this is a logical semester in which to complete this item, although it is not necessary to do it during this semester.  All calendar dates are approximate.  For exact dates for each academic year, see Important Dates, which is distributed each year.

First semester:
Take Hist 501.
Take colloquium in major field.  For students in U.S. history, take Hist 551(a).
First opportunity to apply for foreign language examination:  Oct. 5.

Second semester:
Apply for teaching assistantship (even if guaranteed, complete application to indicate preferences,  time constraints, etc.):  April 1
For students in U.S. history, take Hist 551(b).
Take seminar in major field, unless to be taken in third semester.*
Apply for foreign language exam:  Feb. 1.

Third semester:
For students in U.S. history, take Hist 551(b), already taken.
Take seminar in major field, unless already taken.*
Apply for foreign language exam:  Oct. 5.

Fourth semester:
Apply for foreign language exam:  Feb. 1.
Apply for Ph.D. program:  Feb. 1
Apply for TAship (even if guaranteed, complete application to indicate time constraints, etc.):  April 1

Graduate with M.A.  Become Ph.D. student.

 

*Students should be aware that the combination of a colloquium and a seminar taken in the same semester involves a lot of work, although it may be doable, depending on other commitments.

May 2008