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Advancement to Candidacy

The Dean of The Graduate College approves advancement to candidacy once all requirements are met. Doctoral students must be advanced to candidacy within five years of initiating Ph.D. course work applied toward the degree. Students need to indicate their intent to advance to candidacy during the term they complete the 60 hours of required course work and other departmental requirements. The student will need to pick up the Advancement to Candidacy Form from the department. The student will need to complete the form and return it to the Doctoral Program Director. The Doctoral Program Director will then submit the completed form to the Dean of The Graduate College for review. 

The doctoral candidacy requirements include:

  1. Completion of all required coursework with the exception of dissertation credit hours.
  2. Successful passage of all three qualifying exams.
  3. Successful passage of the comprehensive exam.
  4. Approval of the dissertation proposal.
  5. At least a 3.5 GPA on all doctoral required courses.
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  • No credit will be applied toward the doctoral degree for course work completed more than five years before the date on which the student is advanced to candidacy. This time limit applies toward credit earned at Texas State as well as credit transferred to Texas State from other accredited institutions.
    Requests for a time extension must be submitted to the Doctoral Program Director, who in turn, submits a recommendation to the Dean of The Graduate College.

  • To be eligible for advancement to candidacy, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.
    No grade earned below a "B" on any graduate course may apply toward a Ph.D. at Texas State.
    Incomplete grades must be cleared through the Office of The Graduate College before a student can be approved for advancement to candidacy.

  • In order to be advanced to candidacy, a student must select a doctoral dissertation advisor and committee, submit a dissertation proposal, and successfully defend the proposal in an oral examination with the dissertation committee. The examination will address the problem definition and scope, the relevant literature, and the research method of the proposed dissertation topic. Information about the formation of the dissertation committee can be found in the "Dissertation Research and Writing" section of this catalog.

  • The Doctoral Program Committee recommends the applicant for advancement to candidacy to the Doctoral Program Director, the Department Chair, and the Dean of The Graduate College. The Dean of The Graduate College certifies the applicant for advancement to candidacy once all requirements have been met. To be eligible for admission to candidacy, the student must have successfully completed the qualifying and/or comprehensive exam(s), completed all coursework, and successfully defended the dissertation proposal.

  • All doctoral students are required to complete a dissertation. The dissertation must be an original contribution to scholarship and the result of independent investigation in a significant area. Preparation of the dissertation must follow the latest edition of Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers.

  • Enrollment. After being admitted to candidacy, students must be continuously enrolled each term for at least three dissertation hours. If a student is receiving supervision on the dissertation during the summer or the student is graduating during the summer, the student must be enrolled in dissertation hours for the summer. All candidates for graduation must be enrolled in dissertation hours during the term in which the degree is to be conferred.
    Hours. Students must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of dissertation research and writing credit.

  • Students are expected to complete the dissertation within three years of advancement to candidacy. The Mathematics Education Program Director will review the students' annual progress to ascertain his or her progress in pursuing the degree. The Program Director will consult with the student's Ph.D. advisor and Dissertation Committee on this matter as appropriate.

  • A Dissertation Committee must be formed to oversee the research and writing of the dissertation. The Dissertation Committee will include a dissertation advisor and a minimum of three additional members (one of whom must be an external member).
    The members must be chosen from qualified Ph.D. faculty. The dissertation advisor and the committee members must be selected in consultation with the student. The dissertation advisor will chair the Dissertation Committee and must be from the major department. The dissertation advisor and committee members must be approved by the Doctoral Program Director, the department chair, and the Dean of The Graduate College.
    The student is responsible for obtaining committee members' signatures on the proper forms and submitting the forms to the department for further routing approval. The forms may be downloaded from the department's website or obtained from the Program Director.

  • Any changes to the Dissertation Committee must be submitted for approval to the Dissertation Committee Chair, the Doctoral Program Director, the department chair, and the Dean of The Graduate College. Changes must be submitted no less than sixty days before the dissertation defense. The "Ph.D. Research Advisor/Committee Member Change Request Form" may be downloaded from the department's website or obtained from the Program Director.

  • The Dissertation Defense may not be scheduled until all other academic and program requirements have been fulfilled. A complete draft of the dissertation must be given to the members of the Dissertation Committee at least 65 days before the date of commencement during the term in which the student intends to graduate. After committee members have reviewed the draft with the student and provided comments, the student, in consultation with the Research Advisor, will incorporate the recommended changes into a second draft of the dissertation. When each committee member is satisfied that the draft dissertation is defendable, Dissertation Defense will be scheduled.
    The Dissertation Defense will consist of two parts. The first part is an oral presentation of the dissertation research given as a public seminar. The second part of the defense will immediately follow the public presentation, but is restricted to the student's Dissertation Committee, and will entail an oral examination over the dissertation research. The full committee, including all external members, must be present. Approval of the dissertation requires positive votes from the student's Ph.D. advisor and a majority of the remaining members of the Dissertation Committee. Specific information on the examination and defense procedure can be obtained from the Doctoral Program Director.

  • Following approval and signing of the dissertation by the members of the Dissertation Committee, the student must submit one copy of the dissertation, at least two additional signature pages, and a copy of the dissertation abstract to the Office of The Graduate College for final approval. All dissertation abstracts must be published in Dissertation Abstracts International. Specific guidelines for approval and submission of the dissertation can be obtained from the Office of The Graduate College.

  • A master's or doctoral degree candidate for graduation may be eligible for a one-time fee reduction under V.T.C.A., Education Code, Section 54.054.