- Completed Coursework: approval by supervisor
- Field of Study (FoS): approval by supervisory committee
- Research Proposal: approval by supervisory committee
- Oral Examination of the Research Proposal: pass by examining committee
Purpose: to ascertain that the student is ready and able to carry out high-quality doctoral level research independently, with the support of the supervisory committee.
Preparation: preparation for candidacy requires very close work with your supervisor and supervisory committee.
Timeline: the entire candidacy process must be completed within 28 months of registering in the program. If that is not the case, an extension to candidacy must be applied for.
Responsibility: as your primary mentor, it is your supervisor’s responsibility to guide you through all stages of the candidacy process.
Sign off on Stages 1 to 3:
- Supervisor and student sign the stage 1 Course Completion form
- Supervisory committee approves, with signatures, FoS (stage 2 form) and written research proposal
Notice of Oral Preparation: Supervisor can then initiate arrangements for scheduling the candidacy oral examination. The Notice of Oral preparation requires 6 weeks.
All examination committee members (supervisory committee plus 2 other faculty members) must receive the research proposal during the 6-week Notice of Oral preparation period, but not later than 3 weeks prior to the exam date.