A minimum of two years of academic residence is required. However, in many cases the fulfillment of all requirements for the degree will involve at least one additional year of coursework. Students may be encouraged by their advisor to continue taking courses relevant to the doctoral work. In the first year, the student will arrange and develop their course of studies in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies or their academic advisor and in the second year and beyond they should do so in consultation with their advisor.
Upon entering the IAAS program, students are assigned a temporary academic advisor from among the members of the IAAS Committee, with whom they should meet to design an appropriate program of study; students should also consult with the Committee Chair to discuss their study plan. In the student's second year, the student should choose their main faculty advisor, who may be different from the temporary advisor assigned to them when they entered the IAAS program.
The faculty advisor, Chair, and Program Administrator should be consulted in making arrangements for the general examination, and an appropriate advisor or advisors will also be assigned for the PhD dissertation. Students may petition the Committee for changes in the advisor assignment, when they feel it is in their best academic interest. Advising is a critically important aspect of the IAAS program, and the Committee is fully and absolutely committed to finding appropriate advising arrangements for all students.