Complete the requisite coursework
How to Get a PhD
A PhD, short for Doctor of Philosophy, may help you secure a position as a college or university pro
Complete the requisite courseworkMost programs require somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 hours of departmental coursework, while others require more or less, depending on the field. As with most advanced degrees, youll likely need to pass all your courses with at least a B, or better.
In graduate school, the course load is usually somewhat less than the undergraduate degree, because of the intensity of the coursework and other research or teaching responsibilities. A full load is usually considered 6 or 9 hours, though youll be doing 20 or more hours of teaching or research in a given week.
For a PhD student, a typical coursework semester might involve three courses: a required core class and two elective courses. Typically, elective courses will still be in the department the student is studying, if not the particular program. For example, a comparative lit PhD studying Medieval literature may take a 20th century poetry course in the English department as an elective, though probably not a biology class.
Avoid petty competition and departmental rivalry
In the hard sciences
Submit a plan of study
Make contacts in your field
In the sciences
Complete your written examination
Apply for departmental grants or additional appointments
A list of the elective courses you ll take
A brief statement of your academic and research goals
Develop a close relationship with at least one faculty member
The names and signatures of your committee members