Academic Journey

There are several academic and degree requirements throughout your time here as a PhD student.  Below are the Wharton Doctoral Programs requirements of all students.  Please consult your department for any additional requirements that are specific to your program.

First Year

  • Before you arrive: Incoming Wharton PhD Student Site
    • Math Camps and Tech Camp

      Wharton Doctoral Programs offers summer camps for our incoming students to help prepare you for your future course work.  Not all departments require their students to participate, so please consult your department’s program coordinator to find out if you should sign up.

      Below you will find some preliminary information about Wharton’s summer Math Camp, the alternative is the more extensive Math Camp (ECON 897) offered by the Economics department and Wharton’s OIDD 912 – a six week follow up course offered this fall.

      In addition to the Math Camps, Tech Camp is suited for any student wanting to improve his/her skills acquiring, cleaning, manipulating, and transferring data.

       

       Wharton Doctoral Programs – Summer Math Camp

      What is it?

      • Preparation for core courses in applied economics and statistics.
      • Will cover the basics of optimization theory and perhaps offer a short two lecture sequence on probability theory as well.
      • This is a zero credit class and will not show up on your transcript.

      Who will/should take it?

      • All students planning to take the Economics 681-682 sequence will be expected to have mastered this material, either from prior course work or by passing the Math Camp “final” exam.
      • Students who are directed to do so by their program’s PhD coordinator.

      Cost/Fee:

      • There is no fee for Wharton’s math camp.

      OIDD 912

      What is it?

      • A continuation of the Summer Math Camp, optimization as a six-week Q1 mini-course that will do constrained optimization, convexity and quasi-convexity, the maximum theorem, and dynamic programming.
      • This is a ½ credit course and will appear on your transcript

      Who should take it?

      • All students planning to take Economics 681-682 sequence will be expected to have mastered this material, either from prior course work or by passing the Math Camp “final” exam.
      • Students who are directed to do so by their program coordinator.

      When is it?

      • Fall 2018, date, time, location and instructor to be announced.

      Cost/Fee:

      • Fees and associated costs should handled by the departments like any other class.

      ECON 897 – Alternative to Wharton’s Summer Math Camp

      What is it?

      • Students who wish take the Economics Department summer math camp are free to enroll in that course as alternative preparation.

      Who should take it?

      • Students wishing to take Economics 701-703 should consider taking the Economics Department’s summer math camp.
      • This is a zero credit class and will not show up on your transcript.
        • Dates: July 10 – August 17, 2017: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
        • Hours: 10:00AM – Noon and 1:30 – 3:30PM each day
        • Location: Jon M. Huntsman Hall Room F90
        • Final (Waiver) Exam: Monday, August 21, 2017, 9AM – Noon, Jon M. Huntsman Hall Room F90

      Cost/Fee:

      • $2000.00 – The payment of fees for Econ 897 varies by department, with some departments paying the entire fee, some departments paying half of the fee, and others placing the responsibility upon the incoming student.  Please contact your department for its policy.

      Website/Registration

      Wharton Doctoral Programs – Tech Camp

      What is it?

      • It’s suited for any student wanting to improve his/her skills acquiring, cleaning, manipulating, and transferring data.
      • Will be useful to a wide range of students interested in empirical research.
      • This is a zero credit class and will not show up on your transcript.

      Who will/should take it?

      • This camp is offered to both new and returning students.

      Cost/Fee: There is no fee for Wharton’s tech camp.

  • Orientation (end of August)
  • First-Year Communication Workshop: The first-year communication workshop will be held in Fall 2017. This is a mandatory workshop for all first-years. Dinner will be provided. An email with logistics information will be sent in the upcoming weeks.
  • First-Year Writing Workshop: The first-year writing workshop will be held in Spring 2018. This is a mandatory workshop for all first-years.  An email with logistics information will be sent in the spring.

SPEAK Test:

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted legislation in 1990 requiring that every member of an institution of higher learning who teaches undergraduates be tested and certified as fluent in English. At Penn, the English Language Programs (ELP) is responsible for testing and certifying all teaching assistants who use English as a second language (International Teaching Assistants or ITAs).

Testing and Certification

Prospective ITAs whose first language is not English may demonstrate fluency by receiving a rating of Superior on an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or a score of 27 or higher on the Speaking component of the iBT TOEFL. Prospective ITAs who have not taken the TOEFL or an OPI must take the SPEAK test (an institutional version of the TSE). A score above 55 permits automatic certification as fluent in English. Prospective ITAs receiving less than 45 on the TSE or SPEAK will be counseled to take some language training before trying again. Students who receive scores on the SPEAK of between 45 and 55 inclusive may be certified for classroom instruction by passing the Interactive Performance Test (IPT) administered by the English Language Programs. The IPT consists of a ten minute lecture with a question and answer component on a topic in the candidate’s academic discipline. Prospective ITAs who pass this test are certified as fluent in English. Read more about certification here.

For a schedule of test dates and instructions on how to sign up, click here.

Annual Student Progress Report:

The goal of the Student Progress Report and Annual Review is to ensure that you are making good progress toward completion of the degree and to address any questions you may have for your Doctoral Coordinator. When your Doctoral Coordinator completes your Annual Review, you will receive a copy via email. Your Doctoral Coordinator, department administrator and the Doctoral Programs office will also receive a copy of the completed Student Progress Report & Annual Review.

Second Year

TA Training/TDP

  • If you are in Applied Economics, Finance, Management, OID, or Statistics,
    • You will be required to complete the 3-day TA training at the beginning of the academic year (August 23-25, 2017). Please consult your department administrator for when you will need to complete this as each department is different.
    • You will not be required to complete the four-module TDP workshop
    • In addition to TA Training, you will be required to complete a one-time session on effective lecturing that is not covered in the TA training if you have not already completed TDP.  Since the 3-day TA training is mainly to prepare you to become a TA, the effective lecturing workshop is to give you the tools you will need as you become a faculty member after your time at Wharton.
  • If you are in Accounting, Ethics and Legal Studies, Health Care Management and Economics, or Marketing
    • You will be required to complete the four-module TDP workshop
    • You may request a waiver from your PhD Coordinator if you meet one of these conditions:
    •   *   Significant prior teaching experience   *   Recognized teaching awards   *   College-level education courses   *   Verification of completing the TA training held through the Center for Teaching and Learning (you will still need to complete one-time session on effective lecturing)

Annual Student Progress Report:

The goal of the Student Progress Report and Annual Review is to ensure that you are making good progress toward completion of the degree and to address any questions you may have for your Doctoral Coordinator. When your Doctoral Coordinator completes your Annual Review, you will receive a copy via email. Your Doctoral Coordinator, department administrator and the Doctoral Programs office will also receive a copy of the completed Student Progress Report & Annual Review.

Third Year

TA Training/TDP (if you did not already complete it in your second year)

  • If you are in Applied Economics, Finance, Management, OID, or Statistics,
    • You will be required to complete the 3-day TA training at the beginning of the academic year (August 23-25, 2017). Please consult your department administrator for when you will need to complete this as each department is different.
    • You will not be required to complete the four-module TDP workshop
    • In addition to TA Training, you will be required to complete a one-time session on effective lecturing that is not covered in the TA training if you have not already completed TDP.  Since the 3-day TA training is mainly to prepare you to become a TA, the effective lecturing workshop is to give you the tools you will need as you become a faculty member after your time at Wharton.
  • If you are in Accounting, Ethics and Legal Studies, Health Care Management and Economics, or Marketing
    • You will be required to complete the four-module TDP workshop
    • You may request a waiver from your PhD Coordinator if you meet one of these conditions:
    •   *   Significant prior teaching experience   *   Recognized teaching awards   *   College-level education courses   *   Verification of completing the TA training held through the Center for Teaching and Learning (you will still need to complete one-time session on effective lecturing)

Third Year Re-Orientation: Mandatory for all third-year students. 

This orientation serves as a way to help you progress through your research.  We understand that the transition from coursework to full-time research can be an adjustment. We have created a quick one-hour workshop with the following topics to help you during this stage of your program:

  1. Faculty’s advice on:
    • How to proceed in this phase (no longer taking courses, preparing to propose)
    • Advice on how to find a topic
    • How to be efficient and motivated during this phase
    • Theoretical and empirical methods of research
  2. Student perspective on third-year transition
  3. Reminders of programs and resources available to students that are relevant to you at this stage.

Annual Student Progress Report:

The goal of the Student Progress Report and Annual Review is to ensure that you are making good progress toward completion of the degree and to address any questions you may have for your Doctoral Coordinator. When your Doctoral Coordinator completes your Annual Review, you will receive a copy via email. Your Doctoral Coordinator, department administrator and the Doctoral Programs office will also receive a copy of the completed Student Progress Report & Annual Review.

Other Pre-Candidacy Requirements

Students must successfully complete the following during the pre-candidacy phase:

  • All required coursework*
  • Department qualifications exams
  • Any additional requirements imposed by the students’ specific department such as additional qualifying exams (oral or written) and/or research papers (such as first, second, or third-year papers)

The PhD Faculty Coordinator will review the student’s record to confirm that all pre-candidacy requirements have been met.  Students may not register for dissertation status unless all requirements have been met. Upon satisfying these requirements, prior to the start of each semester, the Department must inform the WDP office of any new students entering dissertation status.

*A student may move onto dissertation status with one or two required courses to take while on dissertation upon the approval of their PhD Coordinator only.

*Students are eligible to enroll in 1 CU per semester while on dissertation status.

Dissertation Stage

Proposal Defense Stage:

All students must successful defend their proposal be the end of their fourth-year in order to remain in good standing.

Please submit the following forms no later than two weeks before your proposal defense date:

Please bring the Proposal Defense Certification with you to your proposal defense for your committee to complete.  Return the form to the WDP office once your topic has been approved.

For changes in your committee, please submit the Request for Change of Committee Members form.

Click here to view the proposal defense timeline and checklist.

Final Defense:

Please submit the following forms no later than two weeks prior to your final defense date:

Click here to view the Final Defense Timeline and Checklist

Click here to view the deadlines for applying for the degree, defending, and depositing.

For information on Dissertation Resources: http://provost.upenn.edu/education/graduate/dissertation-resources

 

Below are the Word Document Versions of the documents above:
Request for Dissertation Committee
Proposal Notification
Proposal Defense Certification
Request for External Committee Member
Request for Change of Committee Members
Final Defense Certification