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Candidacy Deadlines

A student must be enrolled or otherwise be eligible for campus privileges, for a minimum of one credit, during the term in which preliminary exams are taken. Please see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies section 4.3 Candidacy Requirements for more information.

Commencement Eligibility for Rackham Master’s or Certificate Students
Term student is eligible for Candidacy (enrollment in course 995) Deadline for student’s completion of all Candidacy requirements (including prelims) Registration term for prelims
Spring or Spring/Summer 2024 Thursday, May 9, 2024 Spring 2024 term or previous term
Summer 2024 Tuesday, July 2, 2024 Summer 2024 term or previous term
Fall 2024 Wednesday, August 28, 2024 Fall 2024 term or previous term
Winter 2025 Friday, January 10, 2025 Winter 2025 term or previous term
Spring or Spring/Summer 2025 Thursday, May 8, 2025 Spring 2025 term or previous term
Summer 2025 Monday, June 30, 2025 Summer 2025 term or previous term

Keep in mind prelims taken in the fall or winter term (for a student being advanced to candidacy in that term) will be assessed 8 hours of 995 for that term. Students registered full-time (8 hours, or 6 if a GSI, GSSA, or GSRA) during the previous fall and winter terms have through the end of May to complete the preliminary examination without registering for the spring or spring/summer term.

Recommendation for Candidacy

A doctoral student may be advanced to candidacy by the graduate school upon recommendation of the student’s department. Advancement to candidacy will be granted when it is determined that the student has completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except the dissertation, and been approved for subsequent dissertation work. To recommend a doctoral student for candidacy the graduate coordinator (not the student) must submit the recommendation through the online system.

Advancement to Candidacy

When candidacy is approved, the Registrar’s staff will change all 990 enrollments to 995 for the student. Tuition will then be reassessed at the candidacy rate; only 990 registrations will be changed to 995; other courses would require an official drop/add form initiated by the student if changes are needed.

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