Sample Chapter

(for those entering the program in September 2015 and subsequently)

No more than six months after passing the Primary Field Examination, doctoral candidates will submit a chapter or substantial section of their thesis to a committee comprising the supervisor, the second reader, and a third member to be chosen by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor. This chapter or section should be at least 25 pages long and will demonstrate the viability of the candidate’s program of research and his or her ability to carry it out. Approximately two weeks after submission of the sample chapter, the candidate will discuss it at a formally scheduled conference with the three members of the committee. Timely completion of this requirement will be a condition of continuance in the program. Once it has been completed, the supervisor will inform the Graduate Chair and completion of the sample chapter will be recorded as a milestone towards completion of the doctorate.