Deadline: September 15 at the Start of a Student's Fourth Year

Students should enter candidacy as soon as all requirements have been completed. Students must reach candidacy by September 15 at the start of their fourth year. 

Programs may set earlier deadlines. Always check your program’s policies about student progress to make sure you are meeting the deadlines that apply to you.

Note: If you entered the Laney Graduate School before Fall 2017, scroll down to the bottom of this page for information pertinent to you.

Candidacy status is an indication that a doctoral student has developed sufficient mastery of a discipline to produce an original research contribution in his or her field. 


To be eligible for candidacy, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete all program requirements for candidacy: coursework and other training required by the degree program, including program required JPE training
  2. Complete qualifying examinations required by the degree program
  3. If required by the degree program, obtain approval of a dissertation prospectus
  4. Complete TATTO 600, TATTO 605, and JPE 600 (also see item 1)
  5. Resolve any Incomplete (I) or In Progress (IP) grades
  6. Be in good standing with a minimum cumulative 2.70 GPA
  7. Have earned at least 54 credit hours at the 500 level or above

TATTO 610 and JPE 610 may be completed after entering candidacy. In addition, programs may reserve the dissertation prospectus and committee requirement to be completed after candidacy.


Students should enter candidacy as soon as all requirements have been completed.  Students must reach candidacy by September 15 of their fourth year.  Students who do not meet this deadline will be placed on academic probation, will not be eligible for PDS funds, and may forfeit financial support.  These sanctions will be lifted when the student enters candidacy.

LGS Student Action Online Form 

To submit an online form, you may need a signed signature form.  Read the instructions for the action you are seeking to accomplish.  

Go to the Online Form

How to Apply for Candidacy:

Students do not enter into candidacy until an Application for Admission to Candidacy has been approved by the Laney Graduate School.  

  • Complete the LGS Candidacy Signature Form, and obtain the required signature.
  • Generate a transcript from OPUS.
  • Scan the signed form.
  • Complete and submit the LGS student action online form.  You'll be asked to upload the signed signature form and the transcript.
  • You'll receive a confirmation email when you submit the form, and your program administrator will receive a copy.
  • LGS will process your request, and let you know when the process is complete.
  • You will be considered "in candidacy" when LGS has signed off on your candidacy application.  Once that is complete, candidacy will appear on your transcript, as a milestone.

Effective Date and Previous Policy

This policy is effective starting fall semester 2017, and applies to all students immediately, with two exceptions:

  1. Students who started their programs before the fall of 2017 must meet the candidacy deadline in effect when they first enrolled, and must be in candidacy no later than August 1 before their fifth year of study;
  2. Students who started their programs before the fall of 2017 will not be placed on probation if they fail to meet the candidacy deadline.

All current students are subject to the policy as stated above.  To preserve a record of past policies, the previous policy is archived and accessible on the LGS Handbook candidacy page.