Question from Sam – Are there any PhD programs in US where PhD can be completed in 2 yrs with just research and course work.
Wouldn’t that be nice, if everyone can find a university to complete PhD in 2 years. I have heard stories about PhD in 2 years. But, I don’t know anyone who complete PhD in 2 years nor any programs where PhD can be completed in 2 years.
First you have to understand what is required to get PhD degree.
Above 2 articles should give you an overview about PhD degree.
PhD Graduation Timetable
Following table is from How Long does it take to Complete PhD
|Milestone||Time Since Admission|
|Completion of diversity courses||1.5 – 2 years|
|Submission of Research proposal||2 – 2.5 years|
|Admission to candidacy||2.5 – 3.5 years|
|Dissertation defense||3 – 5 years|
Minimum you must plan to study PhD for 4 to 5 years. If you cannot complete the dissertation within 5 years, then it can take longer.
Related : The PhD Experience : What’s Involved