Doctoral studies are spread over two main periods. During the first period, students undertake and complete their education and prepare for their comprehensive examination. The second period began with the success of the comprehensive examination.
Students complete their research and finish writing their thesis. The maximum duration of doctoral studies is five years (15 quarters) for students enrolled full-time and six years (18 quarters) for students enrolled half-time. The school has the equivalent of six quarters full-time.
The first three quarters, the first year of schooling required to be made full-time and are followed by the first stage of the comprehensive examination. It takes place during the month of August following the admission into the program year. It is common to all students in the same cohort.
The second stage of the comprehensive examination is held no later than the end of the sixth quarter in school full-time equivalent. This step of the overall review is the preparation of a research protocol, followed by its oral defense before a jury.
The jury of the second stage of the exam must be approved, two months prior to the defense of the protocol by the responsible option and the program director.
After the success of their comprehensive examination students entering the period of writing their doctoral thesis that expires at the time of submission of the thesis.