Advancement to Candidacy

Admission to the Graduate School does not automatically qualify a doctoral student as a candidate for the Ph.D. degree. Formal recommendation, executed by the Graduate Program Director, of advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree must be made to the Graduate School after a review of the student’s performance in courses, independent study, and program examinations. A candidate for the Ph.D. degree engages in research or scholarship leading to a dissertation. Listed below are the minimal requirements mandated by the Graduate School. The individual programs may set additional requirements.

A student may be advanced to candidacy (G5 status) after completing Graduate School and program requirements other than the dissertation or its equivalent, with the following restrictions.

• Students on academic probation cannot be advanced to candidacy.

• Students must be G4 at the time of request.

• Students must not have any blank grades.

• Advancement to candidacy is granted by the dean of the Graduate School upon recommendation of the graduate program director.

• Students must advance to candidacy at least one academic year before the beginning of the semester in which they plan to defend their dissertation. An academic year is defined as the Fall and Spring semesters, in either order, that immediately precede the semester of defense. Students in the DMA program may be advanced for one semester prior to their final recital and graduation semester. Summer terms do not count as semesters for purposes of advancement to candidacy.

• Requests for advancement to candidacy must be received by the Graduate School from the program by day 10 of classes for the advancement to take effect that same semester.

• Advancements received by the Graduate School after day ten of any semester or term will not take effect until the next semester or term.

• In exceptional circumstances, a student's Graduate Program Director may submit a written petition for a waiver of this requirement to the Dean of the Graduate School.