Required Registration & Adequate Progress to Continue Support

Students who are receiving financial support from the department are expected to register for a minimum course load each fall and spring semester of their appointment.

Half-time Graduate Assistants

  • MS students should take 9 hours minimum in courses suitable for their program of study.
  • Pre-Comp PhD students (those who have passed the PhD Candidacy Review) but have not yet taken the PhD Comps should take 7 hours minimum in courses suitable for their program of study.
  • Post-Comp PhD students should take at least 4 hours of seminars and/or Reading Research STAT:7990 (22S:299). Recall that Ph.D. students are required to take at least 18 s.h. of STAT:7990 (22S:299).

Quarter-time Graduate Assistants

  • MS students should take 6 hours minimum in courses suitable for their program of study.
  • PhD students should take 4 hours minimum in courses suitable for their program of study.
  • Paper Graders who have quarter-time appointments should take a minimum of 6 s.h. in courses suitable for their program of study. Graders with less than quarter-time appointments must be registered, but have no minimum s.h. requirement.
  • During a semester where a student is preparing for an impending MS or PhD Final (Comprehensive) Exam (e.g., the fall semester when the comps are in January), a 4-s.h. minimum is applied.

Adequate Progress Milestones

Support for Year 2

  • Pass SPEAK/ELPT test at grade B or higher before start of second year (international students only).
  • Complete at least 18 s.h. the first two semesters with a GPA of at least 3.00, including at least 9 s.h. the first semester with a GPA of at least 3.00

Support for Year 3

  • PhD Candidacy (official entry into the PhD program) is established upon successful completion of the Graduate Core Examination and the Creative Component. 

Support for Year 4

  • Pass: Foundations of Probillity I and II, STAT:7300-7301)  22S:203-204 or Advanced Inference I and II, STAT:7100-7101, (22S:253-254), and meet departmental GPA requirements by the end of the first semester of the third year.

Support for Year 5

  • Pass PhD Final (Comprehensive) Exam by the end of fourth year.
  • Within 12 months of passing the PhD Final (Comprehensive) Exam, the PhD candidate should present a written and oral Prospectus to his or her committee. Failure to meet this deadline may result in non-renewal of financial support.