Students must advance to candidacy (referred to as comps, candidacy exam, specialty exam) within 4 years or they will be placed on academic probation.
The qualifying examination format varies from emphasis to emphasis but in all instances students must pass written examinations and an oral qualifying examination conducted by their doctoral committee. The first step in the process of advancing to candidacy is for students to request a Degree Check from the GGSE Student Affairs Office. Once it has been determined that the student has completed all required coursework, the student should then nominate a committee.
Prior to the oral examination students should obtain the appropriate qualifying examinations form for committee signatures. Once the student has passed the qualifying examinations, completed the form (including date), and obtained committee signatures, the qualifying examinations form must be filed with the Graduate Division (after the $50.00 fee is paid at the Cashier’s Office).