PhD students are accepted with either 4 or 5 years of funding to pursue their degree. Students with master’s degrees are able to transfer 30 credits to their PhD. But all students must complete coursework, including two introduction to informatics courses, among other requirements. Each student will complete a minor in an outside department, and can choose from any minor offered at the university.
Students in the PhD program will have a main advisor, who they will work with closely. Students in the HCI program can work with any professor in the program as their advisor, and should select one by the end of their first year. Students will build an advisory committee to work with them through their qualification exams, and then build a dissertation committee to take them through graduation.
After their coursework is complete, students will take their qualifying exams, which involve a reading list, an annotated bibliography, and an oral presentation. The qualifying exam is subject to change as the program evolves.
After the qualifying exam is complete, students are advanced to candidacy and begin their dissertation. They must propose their dissertation to their committee, made up of faculty members, and then are able to write their dissertation. Once they have successfully defended their dissertation, students are awarded their PhD.