Advancement to Candidacy

Before a student can be certified as a candidate for the Ph.D., D.M.A., DPH, or DNS, the student must have completed all required course work with an overall grade average of at least “B,’’ language and research tools requirements, the First and Second Examinations, and any special departmental requirements for certification; have a clear financial account; and be registered for the current semester. At least 30 credits of the required course work must have been taken at the City University of New York.

After advancement to candidacy, students are expected to maintain their matriculation by enrolling in the appropriate dissertation supervision course (except for approved leaves of absence) until completion of all remaining requirements for the degree.

All students, regardless of their dissertation topic, must consult with their Executive Officer regarding requirements concerning the protection of human subjects prior to beginning dissertation research. When students are advanced to candidacy they will receive from the Registrar a “Dissertation Proposal Clearance: Human Participants” form and accompanying instructions. (Please refer to “Human Subjects Research Approval” above.)

N.B.: Dissertation defenses cannot be scheduled until after a student has been advanced to candidacy in accordance with the above certification requirements.