Candidacy Application

Admission to PhD Candidacy

Candidacy is the final stage in your Ph.D. program.  Students who are Post Master's should begin preparation to enter candidacy when they have completed approximately 36 credit hours. Post Bachelor's students should begin preparation after completing approximately 60 credit hours.  Preparation for candidacy includes passing qualifying exams, forming a dissertation committee (committee must contain at least 3 department faculty and 1 member outside of the department), choosing a dissertation director, preparing a dissertation proposal which is approved by the committee, discussing and creating an appropriate timeline to complete your dissertation with yoru committee chair/advisor.
Once these steps have been completed, the following items are required for admission to candidacy:
  1. completed Application for Candidacy
  2. Committee chair/advisor approved Dissertation Timeline
  3. approved original proposal with Committee Signature Page
  4. copy of transcript 
  5. signed General Exam Form
Completed applications should be sent to Tyler Frey (Graduate Programs Coordinator) at  Once this paperwork is processed, a candidacy interview is scheduled with the Associate Dean as the final step to formally enter Candidacy. 
*Graduate students must file for Candidacy at least seven (7) months prior to graduation.

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