|Complete all required courses (no incompletes) and curriculum paper,
which must be approved by the department and submitted electronically
by the student to the PhD program office.
|End of fall of 3rd year|
|Successfully complete comprehensive examination.||End of 3rd year|
|Have a dissertation committee with at least 3 members,
a committee chair, and a dissertation topic.
|End of fall of 4th year|
|Have a defended dissertation proposal.||End of 4th year|
|Complete dissertation.||End of 6th year|
In order to track progress, manage the funding process and plan curriculum needs, it is important that each doctoral student, regardless of year in the program, meet with their Faculty Advisor and report their status, accomplishments, progress and plan going forward to the Faculty Director of the Doctoral Program prior to the beginning of each year.
Step 1: Faculty Advisor Meeting
Prior to completing your yearly report, you will are required to meet with your faculty advisor to discuss the following topics:
- COURSES: Review of courses taken this academic year and plans for next year
- RA/TA/TEACHING: Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant responsibilities and accomplishments this year, and plans for next year
- CONFERENCES: Attendance and/or presentations at professional associations, conference of professional events and plans for next year
- PUBLICATIONS: Publications this year and plans for next year
- TEACHING: responsibilities and accomplishments this year and plans for next year
- AWARDS: Any outstanding achievements you have been awarded this year
- OTHER: Other professional activities
Step 2: Submit Your Report
After meeting with your faculty advisor, you are required to submit the Doctoral Yearly Report by August 6th. Once the Grad Center receives your Yearly Report, a copy will be sent to you and your faculty advisor. Students will not receive their stipend if this report is not received. You will receive an email at the end of the academic year when the report is available for you to fill out.
Doctoral Student Directory
Your PhD Profile is frequented by prospective students, employers, etc. and is a great way to market yourself, your research as well as your department. Learn how to set up your PhD Profile, and make sure to review this at least once per year yearly for updates.
PhD in Management Course Requirements
The minimum course requirement is 16 courses (64 credits).
|Course Category||Number of Courses||Total Credits|
-DS906: Philosophy and Science of Research
-DS907: Teaching, Publishing, and Dissemination of Knowledge
PhD in Mathematical Finance Course Requirements
The minimum course requirement is 16 courses (64 credits). Students’ course choices must be approved by the Mathematical Finance Director prior to registration each semester.
|Year 1: Fall||Year 1: Spring|
|Year 2: Fall||Year 2: Spring|
Students must successfully complete their comprehensive examination by the end of their third year.
- Petition Form: Students must submit a Petition Form in order to take comprehensive exams, or to defend their proposal or dissertation at least three weeks in advance of the date of the exam or proposal.
- Graduation Application: In addition, students must complete a graduation application at least five months in advance of their anticipated graduation date.
- Notify Your Academic Advisor: Upon successfully completing your comprehensive examination, have your faculty advisor email confirmation that you passed to your academic advisor in the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center.
By the end of fall of the fourth year, students must have a dissertation committee with at least 3 members, a committee chair, and a dissertation topic. Students must have defended their dissertation by the end of their fourth year, and completed their dissertation by the end of their 6th year. Please complete the following steps to ensure you are on the right track.
- Room Booking: Arrange a defense date with your committee members and book a conference room with Cam Phillip, Questrom Facilities Coordinator.
- Petition Form: Submit a Petition Form, approved by your faculty advisor or department liaison, to your academic advisor in the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center at least 3 weeks before the scheduled defense date.
- Announcement of Defense Form: Submit your announcement of defense at least two weeks before the scheduled defense date.
- Notify Your Academic Advisor: Upon successfully defending your proposal, have a member of your dissertation committee email confirmation that you passed your proposal defense to your academic advisor in the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center.
- Dissertation Research Guide: Log on to access the Dissertation Research Guide.
- Academic Advisor Check In: As you reach this stage please feel free to set up a time to meet with your academic advisor in the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center to review the graduation time frame and procedures, and ask any questions prior to finalizing your defense date.
- Room Booking: Arrange a defense date with your committee members and book a conference room with Cam Phillip, Questrom Facilities Coordinator. Be sure to schedule your dissertation defense at least 3 weeks before the end of the semester to allow sufficient time for final dissertation revisions and administrative items as outlined below.
- Petition Form: Submit a Petition Form, signed by your faculty advisor or department liaison, to your academic advisor in the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center at least 3 weeks before the scheduled defense date.
- Announcement of Defense Form: Submit your announcement of defense at least two weeks before the scheduled defense date. It is a requirement that this announcement is sent to the Questrom community.
- Notify Your Academic Advisor: Upon defending your dissertation your committee chair must email your your academic advisor in the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center to let them know if you have passed (sometimes conditional upon final edits and revisions) once the dissertation is finalized and your committee has signed the signature sheet, you must give a copy of the signature sheet to your academic advisor in the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center , the Mugar Library may also ask you for this.
- Library Appointment (suggested): We recommend students schedule an appointment with Brendan McDermott at Mugar Library, 617.353.9387, to review a draft of your manuscript. He can also discuss with you all Mugar Library costs and requirements for graduating PhDs.
It is important you complete the following requirements to graduate.
- Graduation Application: Complete a Graduation Application at least 5 months in advance of your anticipated graduation date. All Doctoral students must be registered for two credits of dissertation in the semester preceding graduation. Students graduating in May must be registered for dissertation in the spring semester, students graduating in January must be registered for dissertation in the fall semester, and students graduating in September must be registered for dissertation in the Summer 2 term.
- May Commencement Requirements: If you will be attending the May commencement ceremony you must notify your academic advisor in the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center by March 1st. She will need to know your planned dissertation title, your dissertation chair, and the two faculty members who will be hooding you on stage during the ceremony in advance so that they can be included in the printed commencement program and other materials handed out at ceremony.
- BU Exit Survey: In an effort to better the state of graduate education at Boston University, the administration asks that you take 10 minutes to complete the Boston University Doctoral Exit Survey. The results of this survey will be used to review the policies and practices of graduate programs and departments to improve the graduate education experience at BU. Additionally, select information will be shared with the Association of American University Data Exchange members. The exchange of data with peer schools allows the administration to compare graduate education here at BU to that of other schools. All responses to this survey will be kept strictly confidential. The survey data are reported only in aggregate form or in a manner that does not allow individual responses to be identified. Upon completion of the Boston University Doctoral Exit Survey, you will be re-directed to the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates. The university requires that you take action on both the BU and the NSF surveys. At the completion of each survey an email will be sent to your department or college verifying your participation. You will also have the opportunity to print a hard copy of the participation verification.
- Mugar Library Certification: In order to be certified for graduation, you must submit your final version of your Dissertation electronically with the Mugar Library. Brendan McDermott will sign off on it and the the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center will be notified electronically.
- Office Check Out: Office and desk keys must be returned to Cam Phillip. Doctoral student offices should be cleaned and left in good condition. Failure to return keys may result in charges.
- DS999 Grade: At the conclusion of the semester in which you successfully defended your dissertation the instructor of record for your department’s section of DS999 needs to enter in a grade of “P,” all past semesters of DS999 will automatically change from a J to a P. Only once this happens can the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center certify you for graduation.
Website Management Information
If you have additional questions, please reach out to Susan Leyva (617.358.5506). Any request that is truly critical will be addressed immediately. We make every effort to do quick copy changes in a day or two if a request comes during the work week. Depending on the nature and scope of a large request it will probably take more than a day or two. Susan will certainly discuss that with the requestor.
Quick Copy Changes (Including Department Seminars): Please send an email to Susan Leyva. Be sure to include the URL for the page and clear information on the copy change, deletion, or addition.
Adding or Updating Department Seminars: Please send your semester list in an email to Susan Leyva.
Major Changes: Please use the MarCom Project Intake Form. This link can also be found in Questrom World under Forms. Make the request through the form so it goes on our schedule of work and follow up with the details, including copy or copy points, in an email to Susan Leyva. Susan will follow up with any questions about the work, scheduling, etc.
Inaccurate Search Results: If someone does a search and the result is incorrect or old information, please send an email to Susan Leyva email@example.com. Be sure to include the URL for the page where you landed and the search term if possible. Give us brief description of the issue to help us resolve it.
PhD Students to Appear on the Questrom External Website: Students should use the link questromworld.bu.edu/edit-phd-profile to edit profiles and to opt-in to be shown on the site. This link is on the left side of the Doctoral Student Directory page.
PhD Students Needing a Photo: Once a semester MarCom schedules a photo shoot for faculty, staff, and PhD students. The Grad Center shares the list of new PhD students with MarCom. MarCom reaches out to the students and adds them to the schedule for the day of the shoot. Should a student be off-cycle or not able to attend Susan Leyva will work with them on the next scheduled date. We do not have a photographer available for individual photo sessions for students.
PhD Students Listed as Faculty: PhD student no longer teaching should email Kristen Gallagher and ask to be removed from the faculty listing and be listed only as a PhD student.