PhD Degree Requirements

The successful completion of the course requirements, with a grade-point average of at least 3.0. Learn more...

Satisfactory performance in the PhD Qualifications Evaluation. Learn more...

Successful completion of the PhD Candidacy Examination, consisting of a dissertation proposal. Learn more...

Annual Dissertation Progress Report. Learn more...

The submission and successful defense of the dissertation according to the University Doctoral Dissertation Manual. Learn more...

It is also required that all PhD students spend at least one year of the program in full-time residency at the University.

Requirements for all PhD students at the University can be found in the University of Pennsylvania Doctoral Dissertation Manual.

A list of graduate courses broken down by focus area can be found here. For more in-depth information about the PhD degree program and its associated requirements, please view the online PhD Student Handbook.