Application for Graduate Degree Candidacy

While there is a variation among graduate programs in the specific graduate degree requirements, all programs have in common:

  • A period of pre-candidacy studies, typically intensive coursework and training in the basic skills of research, scholarship and  professional practice appropriate to the discipline
  • A period of post-candidacy studies in which work is applied toward the completion of final degree requirement.

A.  Admission To Candidacy at the Masters’ Level

When approximately 12-15 semester hours have been completed the student should submit an application for advancement to candidacy.  Please note that student cannot be advanced to candidacy until:

  1. All admission requirements have been met.
  2. All incompletes (“I” grades) have been removed.
  3. Application for Candidacy approved by your departmental committee.
  4. The Graduate English Competency Examination has been passed, or ENG 500 completed with a grade of “B” or higher (Click here for an application)
  5. Overall GPA is 3.00 or higher.

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B.  Admission To Candidacy at the Doctoral Level

When approximately 80% of degree requirements have been completed the student should make application for advancement to candidacy.  Please note that student cannot be advanced to candidacy until:

  • All admission requirements have been met.
  • All incompletes (“I” grades) have been removed.
  • Application for Candidacy approved by your departmental committee.
  • Overall GPA is 3.00 or higher.

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C.  Admission To Candidacy at the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)  Level

When approximately 12-15 semester hours have been completed the student should submit an application for advancement to candidacy.  Please note that student cannot be advanced to candidacy until:

  1. All admission requirements have been met.
  2. All incompletes (“I” grades) have been removed.
  3. Application for Candidacy approved by your departmental committee.
  4. Overall GPA is 3.00 or higher.

COMPLETE THIS FORM WITH YOUR ADVISOR
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Special Note………………………………………..

Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

  • If your proposed research involves human subjects, it must be approved by the Jackson State University Institutional Review Board, (IRB).
  • If your proposed research involves animal subjects, it must be approved by the Jackson State Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
  • A full explanation of the procedures and Federal Guidelines are available from the JSU Office of Research Compliance.