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Upon the recommendation of the doctoral student's dissertation committee and the Department of Communication's Director of Graduate Studies, students may be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The stipulations for admission to doctoral candidacy are that the student has:
The deadline for admission to candidacy for the fall semester is August 31. The deadline for admission to candidacy for the spring semester is January 31. Responsibility for seeing that admission to candidacy is secured at the proper time rests with the student.
Written and oral comprehensive candidacy examinations will evaluate a student's knowledge in three areas of content at completion of all course work. These areas are communication theory, research methods and analysis, and area of concentration. Students will be required to identify three faculty members to serve on their candidacy examination committee with the assistance of the student's academic advisor by the start of their sixth semester. One faculty member will be responsible for administering the exam for only one of the three content areas.
The academic advisor will serve as chair of the examination committee and may be one of the three individuals who administer the questions for one of the exam's content areas. All other faculty members of the examination committee must be approved by the student's academic advisor and be a member of the Department of Communication's approved Ph.D. faculty. The committee will include representation of faculty members who have taught the required content areas being tested. Students must complete a Candidacy Examinations Committee Form and submit it to the Department of Communication's Director of Graduate Studies
These exams will be offered over three nonconsecutive days with each day's examination lasting four hours. Successful completion of the written examination is required prior to scheduling the oral defense. Students are required to pass candidacy examinations. The results of this examination will be one of the following:
Students may appeal the decision based upon the comments received about the student's exam answers from candidacy exam committee members. Written appeals from the student will be evaluated by the Department of Communication's Graduate Committee. If members of the Graduate Committee were also members of the student's candidacy exam committee other members of the Department of Communication's Ph.D. faculty may serve on the appeals board. A minimum of three faculty members are required to serve on the appeals board.
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