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Announcement

Rackham Graduate School will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22. We will return at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27. During the holiday, there will be no processing of application materials and no updates to your Wolverine Access account. After we reopen, there will be a delay in processing application materials. Thank you for your patience as we process the high volume of materials.

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 5.1 Candidacy Requirements for more information.

Candidacy Deadlines
Term in which student will be eligible for Candidacy (enrollment in course 995) Deadline for student’s completion of all Candidacy requirements (including prelims)
Fall 2017 September 7, 2017
Winter 2018 January 5, 2018
Spring or Spring/Summer 2018 May 3, 2018
Fall 2018 September 6, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: 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.