Advancement to Candidacy - Graduate

Matriculated graduate students must advance to candidacy a minimum of one semester prior to graduating. Advancement to candidacy requires that the student be in good standing. That is, a minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required in upper-division and graduate courses taken while in graduate status, and in the degree program as indicated by all courses on the "candidacy form." The student must be classified with all admissions' provisions and program conditions cleared. Also required is a minimum of 9 units of letter-graded coursework as a graduate student in 100- or 200-level courses that are acceptable to the department in which the degree is sought. Exceptions to this policy can be made for two-semester master's programs. University policy also stipulates the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement be fulfilled before advancement to candidacy. However, for special cases, the candidacy form, formally entitled the Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy (available at, may be filed during the semester in which a GWAR-satisfying course is taken. Advancement to candidacy will be formally denied during the semester, but the form will be kept on file by the GAPE office and approved when a passing grade is posted at the end of the semester.

Graduate Degree Program
Graduate Degree - Program Course Work