Advancement to Candidacy

Once you pass your qualifying exams, you must submit the Application for Advancement to Candidacy Form to the Graduate Office in 2116 Tawes. Candidacy forms to be submitted can be found in Deadlines and Paperwork. Teaching assistants receive a step promotion and a small raise in stipend once they have advanced to candidacy. Upon advancing to candidacy, the student has four years to complete the dissertation; the Graduate School grants extensions only in extreme circumstances. Students generally complete the dissertation in 2-3 years.