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Graduate Student Handbook

The following is a summary of committee requirements, course requirements, and important benchmarks, as extracted from EEB’s full Graduate Student Handbook (pdf, updated 8/29/17).

Executive Summary EEB Graduate Handbook

MS Degree PhD Degree
Committee
  • 3 members, including advisor (at least 2 must be EEB graduate faculty members (1 Core); 1 from minor Dept., if pursuing a minor)
  • chosen during 1st year
  • 1st committee meeting by end of 2nd semester
  • 4 members, including advisor (3 of whom approved by Graduate Council to direct dissertation research, 1 member from EEB Core faculty and 1 member from outside of Dept.)
  • chosen during 1st year
  • 1st committee meeting by end of 2nd semester
  • submit Doctoral Committee Appointment form
Course Requirements
  • 30 credit hours (2/3rds 500-level or higher; 400-levels from approved list only)

 

 

  • Required Courses:
    • CORE-Evolution and Ecology (8hrs)
    • 1 “toolkit” course (3-4 hr)
    • 1 stats course (3 hrs)
    • EEB 503 (Dept. seminar; required for GTAs every semester)
    • EEB 507 (2nd/4th year seminar)
    • 6 hrs EEB 500 (Thesis),  3 of which must be taken in final semester

 

 

*Remaining hrs from other EEB courses including approved 400-level classes, seminars or independent study. Minor possible: 6-12 hrs

  • 24 credit hours beyond MS (12/24 graded A-F) or 48 hrs without MS (30/48 graded A-F). 2/3rds of courses 500 or higher (400-levels from approved list only). 6 hrs UTK 600-level courses, exclusive of EEB 600. 24 hrs EEB 600 (Dissertation).
  • Required Courses:
    • CORE-Evolution and Ecology (8hrs)
    • 1 “toolkit” course (3-4hr)
    • 1 stats course (3 hr)
    • EEB 503 (Dept. seminar; required for GTAs every semester)
    • EEB 507 (2nd/4th year seminar)
    • 24 hrs EEB 600 (Dissertation) – once you start these (after comp exams, proposal approved), you must be continuously enrolled in them, including summer.

*Remaining hrs from other EEB courses including approved 400-level classes, seminars or independent study.

Important Benchmarks
  • Form thesis committee (by 2nd semester at latest)
  • Write thesis proposal (by end of 2nd semester) – have 1st committee meeting
  • Admission to Candidacy for MS (after coursework completed and acceptance of thesis proposal)

 

  • Make satisfactory progress toward degree (annual progress reports)
  • Complete thesis (within 2-3 yrs, max 5)
  • Defense of thesis and oral exam (with public seminar); due dates set by Grad College, must be scheduled 6 weeks before deadline. Notify Grad School one semester before intending to graduate.
  • Form dissertation committee (within 1st year suggested)
  • Write dissertation proposal (ideally by end of 2nd year) – have 1st committee meeting
  • Advancement to Candidacy Exam (ideally by end of 5th semester) – complete all coursework with B, includes both written and oral components (contents and structure determined by the committee, typically involves grant proposal or manuscript for the written component and oral exam). Exam can only be taken twice. Once passed admission to candidacy must be applied for at Graduate School.
  • Once candidacy is approved, begin taking EEB 600 (Dissertation credits)
  • Make satisfactory progress toward degree (annual progress reports)
  • Complete dissertation (original scholarly research)(within 5 years, max 8)
  • Defense of dissertation and oral exam (with public seminar); due dates set by Graduate School

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