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The candidacy exam is a central criterion for completing doctoral studies and is regarded as equally important as the doctoral examination itself (and, hence, at least five examiners participate). It is conducted roughly a year after the student has begun their program of study (or six months after the start date for students transferring to a direct doctoral track) and its purpose is to ascertain if students have obtained sufficient skill to continue their doctoral studies on the basis of their performance, and evaluate their expertise in their fields of research, as well as their plans going forward.
Students prepare an extensive research proposal, which includes an introduction, provisional results, and continued research plans. Students may attach supplements including full versions of published articles or articles sent for publication. On average, proposals run about 25 pages in length.
Please send an email with a concise description of your project in PDF format to the graduate studies coordinator, and attach a completed Research Proposal Toward a PhD form.
In parallel, the advisor should fill out a Registration form for examiners at PhD candidacy examinations and send it directly to the graduate studies coordinator.
A faculty committee will determine the composition of the examination committee and will send the concise description and the examination committee’s approval, once secured, directly to the graduate school.
Please note: The faculty committee convenes on a monthly basis. Be sure to begin the process well in advance.
Your advisor determines the date of your examination, but it should be held within a month of having submitting your concise research description.
You will be asked to briefly present the results of your research as well as your plans going forward (typically 15-30 minutes) and to respond to questions related to your research topic or other related topics.