What is 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.

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:

  • All admission requirements have been met.
  • All incompletes ("I" grades) have been removed.
  • Application for Candidacy approved by your departmental committee.
  • The Graduate English Competency Examination has been passed, or ENG 500 completed with a grade of "B" or higher (Click here for an application) *(pdf file)
  • Overall GPA is 3.00 or higher.

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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