Forms for Graduate Student Advising
- Graduate Handbook
- Ph.D. Program Checklist
- Annual Progress Report for Ph.D. Students
- Note that it’s acceptable for graduate students to submit a C.V. in place of questions 1-7 on the form.
- Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Requirement Checklist
- All graduate students must complete RCR training prior to degree completion.
- Graduate Seminars for 2021-2022
- Graduate Seminars for 2020-2021
- Graduate Seminars for 2019-2020
- Graduate Seminars for 2018-2019
Mentoring Forms for Graduate Teachers
Graduate students teaching their own courses must complete these forms with a faculty mentor:
Resources for External Funding
- Funding Resource Guide from the MSU Libraries: https://libguides.lib.msu.edu/c.php?g=96743&p=622547
- Funding resources for international students: https://oiss.isp.msu.edu/grants/grants-and-scholarships-overview/
- External funding resources from the Graduate School: https://grad.msu.edu/external-funding
- Best practices (CV, narratives, etc.) from the Graduate School: https://grad.msu.edu/phdcareers
Approved by the Philosophy Department, April 30, 2012
To ensure that doctoral students move through the program in a timely fashion, three “milestone” reviews will be conducted by the student’s guidance committee. The milestone reviews will supplement the annual reports that guidance committees conduct each year.
- Early Milestone Review: by end the 2nd year (by May 15, end of the 4th semester)
- Middle Milestone Review: by middle of the 4th year (by Dec. 31, end of the 7th semester)
- Advanced Milestone Review: by end of the 5th year (by May 15, end of the 10th semester)
For each milestone review, the chair of the student’s guidance committee will submit a report specifying that the work has been completed (forms for each review are linked above). If there are inadequacies, students will be notified that they are not making satisfactory progress toward the degree (see Graduate Handbook, sec 3.4) and that they have one semester in which to address the remediable deficiencies (sec 4.4).
At the end of the subsequent semester (ordinarily not including summer), if the problems have not been remedied, the student will lose eligibility for financial aid and—after the Middle Milestone Review—may be refused permission to continue in the program (sec 3.4.4). Students unable to remedy deficiencies after the Early Milestone Review may write a Master’s paper and complete the M.A. degree before leaving the program.
Although some adjustments to the Milestone timetable might be allowed in an individual case, these must be for sound programmatic reasons and must be arranged in advance—not after the fact (sec. 3.4.1). Records of such approved adjustments will be filed in the student’s academic portfolio.
Ph.D. Students Interested in Earning a Master’s Degree
Students who are currently enrolled in the doctoral program can earn a Master’s degree by fulfilling the M.A. requirements. See this document for details and consult the Graduate Handbook.