PhD Time Limits & Milestones
Graduate College Time Requirements for Degree
- Bachelors to PhD Program Time Limits - 7 years from first term enrolled in doctoral program. Please see Illinois CS PhD Milestones below for the Department's Time Requirement for Ph.D.
- PhD Program Time Limits with a MS at Illinois - 5 years (2 yrs. for MS and 5 yrs. for PhD)
- PhD Program Time Limits with a Non-Illinois MS - 6 years from first term enrolled in doctoral program
Illinois CS PhD Milestone Timeline
The department's timeline is an average of 6 years to complete the Ph.D. degree. The timeline below is based on a 5-year program of study.
|Design and submit Program of Study
Select a Ph.D. Thesis Advisor
|Take the Qualifying Exam - 4th semester|
|Preliminary Exam (Thesis Proposal) - 8th semester|
|Final Exam (Thesis Defense) - 10th semester|