Your program of study is determined in consultation with your advisor, who supervises your activities until the appointment of your doctoral committee. The doctoral program generally involves two stages.
The first stage requires at least three quarters of an academic residence and is spent fulfilling the requirements established by your curricular group. After successful completion of the departmental exam, and when your advisor considers you ready to take the qualifying examination, the doctoral committee is appointed. The student in consultation with the advisor decides the committee membership.