Time Restrictions

The doctoral degree will be granted for no less than the equivalent of three years of full- time graduate study. The Graduate School does not currently track time to candidacy, but encourages programs to implement such candidacy exams early in their programs to allow the students optimal feedback on their aspirations and research. All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within nine consecutive academic years of the date of matriculation into the program, and students can be exited from the program if they have not completed their degree by this time. For details, please visit the Time to Degree section.

Qualifying Exam

Doctoral students are required to complete a department certification process according to the program’s established standards. The student must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in doctoral coursework and fulfill all other pre-candidacy requirements specified by the doctoral program in which the student is enrolled. Upon completion of these requirements the student will receive a formal letter from the Graduate School informing him/her of admission to candidacy.