Admission to candidacy is a major milestone for a doctoral student on the path to completing the Ph.D. By admitting a student into candidacy, the faculty certify that the student has met all program requirements other than the teaching requirement and that the student has the potential to conduct and present original research in a reasonable time period for completing the Ph.D.
To reach candidacy a student must have completed all program requirements as established by their doctoral program and must have the dissertation topic approved by the dissertation committee. Each doctoral program is to establish a specific number of years based on their program requirements by which a student normally is expected to have reached candidacy. To help students stay on track, information about program requirements and time-to-candidacy should be easily accessible on departmental websites.
By divisional policy, a student normally should be admitted into candidacy no later than the end of the spring quarter of their fourth year. Students who have reached candidacy by the end of the spring quarter of their fourth year in the program are eligible for a summer stipend in summer before the fifth year. Furthermore, students who are in candidacy by the end of the fifth year in the program are eligible for health insurance coverage in the sixth and if necessary the seventh year of the program.