Students / Master's Program / Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy:

Plan I and Plan II MS candidates must file an advancement to candidacy form prior to taking the written examination in June of their first year of graduate studies. Both Plan I and II MS candidates must have taken at least half of the required coursework for their respective degree requirements (18 units for Plans I and II, respectively). The student must have a grade point average of 3.0 to be eligible for advancement. The candidacy application must be signed by the thesis chairperson (major professor) or capstone faculty mentor, and the student's graduate adviser. At the same time, the thesis committee is to be established for Plan I students. All students are expected to advance to candidacy by the end of the sixth quarter of enrollment. The Candidacy for the Degree of Master form can be found online here.