Candidacy For Advanced Degrees

Summary of Policy

Criteria for determining whether a candidate is ready to proceed into a PhD program.

Affected Parties

Students Under the Guarini School Programs

Policy Statement

Admission as a regular graduate student presumes candidacy for the Master's degree, if that degree is offered by the department. To become a candidate for the Ph.D. degree, a student must: 1) satisfy the course work and language requirements, if any; 2) pass all required qualifying examinations, if any; 3) prepare a statement on the nature and scope of the research problem he or she intends to pursue; and 4) receive the endorsement of his or her department. Normally all of this should be accomplished by the end of the student's second year in residence.

Effective Date

July 1, 2015

Office of Primary Responsibility