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The Graduate School has the below candidacy deadline dates for all Plan I students. Doctoral students are required to have a minimum of two (2) semesters in candidacy while master’s students are required to have a minimum of one (1) semester in candidacy. A student’s committee should be formed prior to candidacy, and all committee members must have Graduate Faculty status.

This paperwork must be processed by the appropriate deadline in order to be applicable for that semester. For example, if your admission to candidacy is processed by the Fall 2020 deadline of August 21, 2020, that semester counts as your first semester in candidacy.



Fall 2023

August 18, 2023

Spring 2024

January 5, 2024

Summer 2024 (14-week term)

May 3, 2024

Summer 2024 (10-week term)

May 31, 2024

If you are unsure whether your 699 or 799 research hours begin in the 14-week or 10-week Summer session, please check with your department or view the class schedule to determine the start date.

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