PhD Program Plan of Study and Admission to Candidacy

Admission to the doctoral program at FAU does not automatically constitute admission to candidacy for the degree.

A Plan of Study for the PhD degree must be submitted to the Graduate College before the end of the second semester of enrollment. Note that students submit their Plans of Sudy electronically.

The Graduate College will admit a student to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree after the following conditions have been met:

  1. Admission to graduate school to work toward the doctoral degree.
  2. Successful completion of the General Examination I (PhD Qualifying Exam).
  3. Selection of a dissertation faculty advisor and the formation of a supervisory committee.
  4. Formulation and submission of a program of study which is approved by the department.
  5. Recommendation of the supervisory committee and department chairperson.

Note: Students may not enroll for PhD dissertation credits (EOC 7980) until they have been admitted to candidacy.

Following the successful completion of General Examination I, the student must complete and submit the form Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree (Form 8). General Examination I and submission of admission to candidacy form should be completed at least two semesters before the beginning of the semester in which the degree is to be conferred. A student not admitted to candidacy before the beginning of the fourth academic year of graduate work at the University must petition through the College to the Graduate College for permission to register for additional work.