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Pre-Candidacy

Pre-candidacy represents the first stage of a graduate student's career. All academic activities should be planned with the advice of the faculty advisor.

  • Fulfill residency requirements
  • Fulfill departmental course requirements
  • Satisfy any foreign language requirement
  • Take and pass preliminary exams if required

Plan I Master's Thesis Students

Identify thesis committee members and submit a committee constitution form online. The committee constitution form must be submitted and approved at least two weeks before a thesis defense is scheduled. Students should work with their graduate coordinator to submit the online form. Graduate Coordinators can access the online  Committee Membership tool here.  Committee composition rules can be found here.

  • Submit the application for candidacy to the Graduate Division using the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) in TritonLink.
  • The DARS application must be submitted to the Graduate Division within the first 2 weeks of the quarter in which the degree requirements are to be completed. Ideally, the DARS application is filed when the student is registered in the last of the program’s core courses.

Plan II Master's Comprehensive Exam Students

  • Submit the  application for candidacy to the Graduate Division using the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) in TritonLink.
  • The DARS application must be submitted to the Graduate Division within the first 2 weeks of the quarter in which the degree requirements are to be completed. Ideally, the DARS application is filed when the student is registered in the last of the program’s core courses.

Plan III Master of Fine Arts Students

Identify thesis committee members and submit a committee constitution form online.  Students should work with their graduate coordinator to submit the online form. Graduate Coordinators can access the Committee Membership tool here. 

  • Submit the application for candidacy to the Graduate Division using the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) in TritonLink.
  • The DARS application must be submitted to the Graduate Division within the first 2 weeks of the quarter in which the degree requirements are to be completed. Ideally, the DARS application is filed when the student is registered in the last of the program’s core courses.

Doctoral Students

Identify Qualifying Exam committee members and submit a committee constitution form online.  Students should work with their graduate coordinator to submit the online form. Graduate Coordinators can access the Committee Membership tool here. 

  • Committee constitution form must be submitted to and approved by the Dean of the Graduate Division at least two weeks before the Qualifying Exam takes place.  Committee composition rules can be found here.
  • Complete any program requirements before the Qualifying Exam
  • Prior to the Qualifying Exam obtain the Report of the Qualifying Examination and Advancement to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree form (obtained from the graduate coordinator). The form must be at the exam and must be signed by all committee members.
Graduate Coordinators may request academic forms by calling the Academic Affairs Assistant at 858-822-2244.