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Admission to Candidacy

You can apply for admission to candidacy for your doctoral degree when your doctoral committee says you are qualified to continue work leading to the doctoral degree, and you have: 

  • Passed the comprehensive examinations. 
  • Submitted a satisfactory plan for your proposed dissertation. 
  • Passed the foreign language examinations if required by your committee. 
  • Been recommended for candidacy by your doctoral committee.

After you are admitted to candidacy for your doctoral degree, you’ll need to register each semester during the academic year.

If you are not registering for a course or courses, you will register in three credit hours of DISS 799, Doctoral Dissertation. (You are not required to register for DISS 799 if you are certified by the Graduate School office as having completed all degree requirements before the end of the first five school days [change-of-course period] of the semester.) If you do not meet this deadline, registration and subsequent payment for DISS 799 is mandatory. This policy applies during the academic year. Registration for DISS 799 is not required during the summer.

Prior to candidacy, you may register for DOC 700, Doctoral Candidate, for a fee of $50, if you have no courses in which to register and you would like to have full library privileges. Registration in DOC 700 is limited to two academic semesters (two five-week summer terms equal one semester), and you’ll need to approval of your doctoral committee chairperson, your doctoral program director, and the dean of the Graduate School.