Advancement to Candidacy

Students pursuing an advanced degree through the university should, before completing 20 quarter units toward the degree (36 quarter units for programs over 70 units), prepare and file an official document titled "an approved graduate program" with their department. The "approved graduate program" lists the specific requirements to be completed before the degree can be awarded. It must be approved by the student's academic advisor and the graduate coordinator, and sent to the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluation. Once the program plan is accepted and approved, the student is officially advanced to degree candidacy. Please see your academic advisor or graduate coordinator for more information on preparing the program plan.