Admission to Candidacy for Degree Seeking Students

Admission to Candidacy for Degree Seeking Students

Some graduate programs, including the doctoral program, require admission to candidacy upon completion of a set of courses or other requirements.

Students who have demonstrated their ability to succeed as outlined below may apply for Candidacy, if required, using the Admission to Candidacy form or the Thesis/Dissertation Committee Form, which requires approval of the student's advisory committee and the Department Chair or Program Director. Students must be in good standing academically (3.0 GPA minimum) to apply for candidacy. It is the student's responsibility to request to be considered for candidacy if required.

  • Candidacy in a Doctoral Program (required): Candidacy requires satisfactory completion of the Qualifying Exam and Dissertation Prospectus.
  • Candidacy in a Master's or Specialist Program:
    • Thesis programs (required): Candidacy requires at least one semester of successful graduate study at Appalachian. Admission to Candidacy is contingent upon the recommendation of the applicant's advisory committee, and a student cannot register for thesis hours until candidacy is granted.
    • Non-thesis programs: Requirements and deadlines for admission to candidacy vary by program; please see the relevant program description in this bulletin for more information.

Denial or revocation of candidacy: If the student is denied candidacy or if candidacy is revoked, the advisor will inform the student in writing regarding the reasons for this action. If the student does not qualify for candidacy by the deadline set within the program, the student will not normally be permitted to continue as a degree-seeking student.