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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