The ALPS timeline

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Year-by-year timeline (To be applied to students entering the Master's program in 2012 or later) [Enlarge image]

For graduate students who enroll in the Master's program in April 2012*, the ALPS course will start from the winter semester of their first year as a Master's student. Of the first-year Master's student applicants, only 40 can be accepted into the ALPS course. Those accepted will take a Qualifying Examination before the end of the first winter semester of their Master's program, whereupon those to be accepted in the ALPS course for their Doctoral years will be selected. Only 30 students from each class year of the Doctoral program can stay in the course. Those who have been selected to stay in the course will take their Final Examination before the end of their third summer semester in the Doctoral program, upon which those who have passed will receive the certification for the ALPS course. Half a year later, if and when the students receive their PhD degrees, the course will also have been completed. For those who submit their dissertations earlier, the ALPS course will be complete at the time of the conferral of their degrees, provided that they have been certified for the course by then.

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Students enrolling in their Master's program from Autumn will join the ALPS course in their first summer semester. Their Qualifying Examination will take place before the end of their first summer semester, to select those to be permitted to remain in the course during their Doctoral years. Those who have been selected will take their Final Examination before the end of their third winter semester of their Doctoral program, and receive the ALPS course certification if they pass. Those who pass will complete the ALPS course half a year later, if and when they receive their PhD degrees. For those who submit their dissertations earlier, the ALPS course will be complete at the time of the conferral of their degrees, provided that they have been certified for the course by then.