The major milestones in completing a PhD in mechanical engineering at Oregon State are charted in the following table. For more information about these milestones, click on the corresponding table links.
University-wide requirements for earning a doctoral degree at Oregon State are detailed on the Oregon State Graduate School Website.
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|Meet with the MIME graduate advisor||Meeting should occur prior to end of first term in graduate school.||
Meet with Lynn via Zoom (after scheduling an appointment)
|Major professor selection and graduate committee formation||Must be completed prior to program meeting. Major professor selection should occur prior to end of first term in graduate school.|
|Make a rough sketch of proposed graduate coursework||Core coursework must be done prior to qualifying examination. Should occur prior to end of first term in graduate school.|
|Ethical research training||Can be completed at ANY time, but it MUST BE COMPLETED before program of study approval.|
|Finalize program of study (POS)||Must be completed prior to program meeting.||
|Ph.D. program meeting||This meeting must be convened but need not be scheduled through the graduate school.|
|Qualifying examination||With MS: Before third term of Ph.D. program.
With BS only: Before sixth term of Ph.D. program.
|Preliminary examination||At least six months after completing qualifying examination, and
At least one full academic term before final oral examination.
|OSU Grad School exam scheduling form|
|Thesis/dissertation completion||Must be completed prior to final oral examination.||OSU Grad School Thesis Guide
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Instructions and considerations for data sets
|Arrange a final defense date and time||PLAN AHEAD! To find a time that works to get your five or more committee members and yourself together at the same time, in the same place may be challenging. Communicate with them often and early about how your research and thesis writing is progressing so that your committee members can let you know if they have a conference or other commitment you need to work around.|
|Schedule a final defense of your thesis/issertation (Final Oral Exam)||No more than five years after completing preliminary examination.||OSU Grad School exam scheduling form|