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Ph.D. Oral Candidacy Presentation

In our program the Institute requirement of a candidacy examination takes the form of a thesis proposal presentation.

The purpose of the candidacy presentation is to assist the student in the process of performing doctoral research. It should help to focus and probe the student’s thinking, to obtain feedback from the doctoral committee, and to provide experience in research communication.

The student must have already passed the qualifying examination.

After the thesis advisor, specific problem area, and doctoral committee are selected, the student must make a presentation of his or her thesis problem, the objectives of the research, the initial results, and a research plan.

The Institute requires students to satisfy the candidacy requirement before registering for 75 credit hours, including thesis credits, and about one year prior to the anticipated completion date.

Satisfactory completion of the presentation, as adjudicated by the doctoral committee, admits the student to candidacy for the doctorate.


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