To be admitted, the student must have passed all other departmental requirements, usually including courses, language proficiency, and one or more written or oral examinations (prelims).
Each program’s handbook should clearly explain what the requirements are, how they may be met, and set a timetable or deadlines for meeting them. Most programs allow a second attempt at all or part of the preliminary exams. The program’s handbook should state clear standards for allowing the exam to be retaken and a reasonable time frame for a second attempt. If the exams are tailored to each student’s specific interests, the scope in each case should be clear to the examiners and the student.
The DGS must notify the Registrar and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in writing when a student is admitted to candidacy. The date of admission is printed on the student’s transcript, and the fact that he or she has been admitted is required for general reporting purposes within the University as well as many applications for external funding.