Pre-Candidacy Completion Activities and Milestones

“Pre-candidacy” refers to your initial years in the doctoral program prior to taking the Qualifying Examination. Pre-candidacy activities and academic milestones include:

  • Completing required coursework.
  • Successfully completing a First Year Comprehensive Exam.
  • Successfully completing a Qualifying Paper.
  • Declaring two fields of expertise on which you will be examined by your Qualifying Exam Committee
  • Completing a Dissertation Prospectus.
  • Successfully passing the Qualifying Examination.