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Doctoral Degree Policies

Candidate Certificate

A candidate certificate gives formal recognition to a successful completion of a very significant step towards a doctoral degree. Students who have passed a General Examination and have completed all requirements for a doctoral degree, except a Final Examination and Graduate School acceptance of a dissertation, are awarded a candidate certificate. Candidacy is conferred on the last day of a quarter and certificates are issued by the Graduation and Academic Records office approximately 4 months after this date.