Status and Candidacy
For the first four years of doctoral study, while completing course work and residence requirements, studying for comprehensive examinations and writing the thesis proposal and thesis, students will normally be considered full-time students. After the fourth year, students seeking certification of full- or half-time student status must do so in advance by petition, clearly justifying the request in writing.
The student is admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree when the comprehensive examinations have been passed and the Ph.D. thesis proposal has been approved by the Graduate Committee. The Ph.D. candidacy fee is due at this time.