Exams, candidacy, and dissertation resources

 Find exam policies, preliminary exam forms, candidacy admission information, and dissertation guidelines.

Intent to Complete Preliminary/Comprehensive Examinations Form

Fill out and turn in the Intent to Complete Preliminary/Comprehensive Examination Form at least three weeks before your scheduled exam.

Doctoral Preliminary Examination Policies and Procedures

Read the EPS Doctoral Preliminary Examination Policies and Procedures to find more information on the Doctoral Preliminary Exam.

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures

Read the EPS Doctoral Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures to find more information on the Doctoral Comprehensive Exam.

Admission to Doctoral Candidacy

"Admission to Doctoral Candidacy" indicates that you have completed all major requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with the exception of the final dissertation writing, oral defense, and internship.

The Application for Doctoral Candidacy is available on the Graduate College website. It is to be completed and returned to the Educational Psychology Department Office.

After being signed by the Student, Adviser, and EPS Department Chair, it is forwarded to the Graduate College. Requirements for Admission to Doctoral Candidacy are:

  1. cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all doctoral coursework
  2. approved program of studies
  3. successful completion of the comprehensive exam
  4. approved prospectus (first 3 chapters of the dissertation signed/approved by all committee members)

These items are forwarded to the Graduate College; you will be notified of your status of admission to candidacy by the Graduate Dean.

If doctoral candidacy is not accepted, your matriculation will be terminated.

Dissertation Guidelines

Read the EPS Dissertation Guidelines to find out more information on the dissertation procedures approved by the Educational Psychology Department February 2013.