Milestone 1: Program of Studies

Program of Studies forms are tools to help you plan your studies and create a course schedule that works for you. You complete your Program of Studies form with your advisor during your first year.

Program of Studies Forms:

Milestone 2: Pre-Comps

Comprehensive Examinations are an opportunity for faculty to assess a student’s areas of expertise and knowledge claims prior to moving forward with a doctoral dissertation. Each program has a slightly different approach to the Comprehensive Exams process, but generally you will complete the pre-comps form during your pre-comps meeting. You can read more about the process here.

Pre-Comps Form:

Milestone 3: Doctoral Exam Report Parts I & II

The Doctoral Exam Report is one form. Complete Parts I & II after your Comprehensive Exams. Complete Parts III & IV after you have defended your Dissertation. Students will need to work with their Program Administrative Support Specialist (PASS) to complete the Parts I and II through DocuSign. The Office of Student Affairs will process with the Graduate School.

Milestone 4: Dissertation and Committee Proposal Form

Once you have completed your Comprehensive Examinations, your Program of Studies committee generally morphs into your Doctoral Committee. At that time, you need to complete the Committee Composition form. Part I is used to report committee member names and relevant faculty status. Part II is used to report approval and title of dissertation project. In accordance with Graduate School requirements, the Doctoral Dissertation Committee consists of five members, a majority of whom must have Regular Graduate Faculty designation from the SOE. Members of the Comprehensive Exam Committee do not necessarily have to continue to be members of the Doctoral Dissertation Committee. Committee members that do not have a graduate faculty designation will need approval by the Graduate School prior to a member serving in the role. Details on the composition of the doctoral committee, please refer to the Graduate School Handbook. For information on the approval of committee members needing graduate faculty status approval, please click here.

The Committee Composition form should be on file with the Graduate School before, or filed concurrently with, any action reflecting their approval.

Students will need to work with their Program Administrative Support Specialist (PASS) to complete the Parts I and II through DocuSign.The Office of Student Affairs will process with the Graduate School

Milestone 5: Doctoral Exam Report Parts III & IV

Use the same form as above from Milestone 3. Students will need to work with their Program Administrative Support Specialist (PASS) to complete the Parts I and II through DocuSign. The Office of Student Affairs will process with the Graduate School.

Complete Parts III & IV after you have defended your Dissertation.

Questions about the DocuSign® process for doctoral milestones should be directed to your PASS or soestudentaffairs@unc.edu