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Program Requirements


Math Ph.D. students will receive course counseling from a member of the Doctoral Committee until they match with their advisor.  The Graduate Program Coordinator will process departmental and Rackham paperwork.

Course Comments

At the end of the Fall and Winter semesters, the Graduate Office will send this Google Form requesting course comments from the graduate students’ course instructors.  Students will receive a report with the instructors’ course comments.

Progress Reports

In October and March, the Graduate Office will send this Google Form requesting feedback from the graduate students’ research advisors. 
Students will receive a progress report with responses from their advisors to the following questions:

  1. What research projects or preparation has the student been working on this term with you?
  2. Please provide your assessment of the student's progress toward their degree.
  3. Do you have any advice, feedback, or suggestions for the student?
  4. When do you anticipate the student will finish his/her degree?


The RCRS Training Requirement

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and upholding the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research and scholarship.

U-M follows all federal and state guidelines regarding RCRS training for principal investigators, scholars, trainees, staff, and students. As part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen the culture of ethical research and compliance across U-M, all employees and students engaged in research and scholarship are required to complete RCRS training.
-- quoted from the Office of Research Ethics and Compliance

MLB and PhD Mathematics students are required to take UC 415 Section 001 which is taught by Mathematics faculty and fulfills the LSA RCRS requirement.

The Rackham Graduate School requires that Ph.D. students complete RCRS training prior to advancing to candidacy. 

Milestone Requirements

The Ph.D. Program is broken up into three distinct stages, each characterized by its own set of requirements. Details for each stage can be found by clicking the links below.

Stage 1 This stage begins with admission to the Doctoral Program and ends with the completion of the Qualifying Review. Students must complete this part of the program by the beginning of their sixth term, but ideally sooner.
Stage 2 This stage commences with successful completion of the Qualifying Review and finishes with admission to Candidacy. Students must complete this Stage by the beginning of their seventh term.
Stage 3 This stage begins with admission to Candidacy and finishes with a successful Thesis Defense. This is the most difficult part of the Program. No student should expect to complete it in less than twenty-four months.