Admission to Candidacy

Before a student can complete work on a graduate degree, he/she must be admitted to candidacy.  To be considered, the student must submit a petition the Graduate Council  Before the Council will approve candidacy, that student must have demonstrated promise of success in a graduate program.  Once the candidacy has been approved, the student may complete program requirements for the degree.

Master’s Degree

The student has:

  • Met all program admission requirements.
  • Classification as a Regular student.
  • Successfully completed 12 semester hours of graduate work toward the degree.
  • Earned at least a 3.00 grade point average on all graduate work.

When the above criteria have been met, the program coordinator will prepare a Petition for Admission to Candidacy for a Master’s Degree.  The student (and major professor as appropriate) will sign the petition and submit it to the Graduate Council for approval.

Specialist Degree

A Specialist student may submit a similar petition after having satisfied the following criteria:

  • Met all program admission requirements
  • Classification as a Regular student.
  • Successful completion of 12 semester hours of graduate work in the School Psychology program with at least a 3.00 grade point average.
  • Recommended for candidacy by the School Psychology faculty.

When the Specialist criteria have been met the School Psychology coordinator will bring the petition before the Graduate Council for consideration.

Admission to Candidacy Forms