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Criteria for determining whether a candidate is ready to proceed into a PhD program.
Admission as a regular graduate student presumes candidacy for the Master's degree, if that degree is offered by the department. To become a candidate for the Ph.D. degree, a student must: 1) satisfy the course work and language requirements, if any; 2) pass all required qualifying examinations, if any; 3) prepare a statement on the nature and scope of the research problem he or she intends to pursue; and 4) receive the endorsement of his or her department. Normally all of this should be accomplished by the end of the student's second year in residence.