Candidate Checklist for
PhD or DIRECT PhD DEGREE

It is your responsibility to make sure all degree requirements have been met, before filing for candidacy.  Registering for candidacy 3 times in a row attracts a fee of $200 from the Purdue Graduate School.

To help review if all degree requirements have been met, please check against the list below:

  • Cumulative GPA is at least 2.85
  • Plan of study is updated with required courses for your degree, and is complete:
  • Minimum of 90 graduate course and research credit hours are needed (including at most 30 credit hours from your Master’s degree)
    • PhD
    • Minimum of 21 credits of graduate level coursework (500- and 600- level) beyond the Master’s degree is required, that are technical and quantitative-in-content
    • Includes at least one 600-level course
    • Includes 6 credit hours from the Math (MA) department
    • Incudes another 3 credit hours from Math or an approved applied math course.
    • Includes no more than 3 credit hours of independent study
    • Includes enough credit hours of thesis research completed with “S”, so that with your Master’s credits plus the 21 credits of PhD coursework, you achieve at least a minimum of 90 credit hours (usually more) total.
    • D-PhD
    • Minimum of 36 credit hours of 500- or 600-level coursework required that are technical and quantitative-in-content
    • Includes at least one 600-level course
    • Includes 6 credit hours from the Math (MA) department
    • Incudes another 3 credit hours from Math or an approved applied math course.
    • Includes no more than 3 credit hours of independent study
    • Includes at least 54 credit hours of thesis research completed with “S”, so that with your 36 credits of PhD coursework, you achieve at least a minimum of 90 credit hours (usually more) total.
  • All 3 Area Exams have been passed, and any conditional passes have been completed.
  • Preliminary Exam has been passed
  • Two completed, registered semesters took place between the Preliminary Exam and the Final Exam.
  • Final Exam has been held, or will be held before the semester deadline, early enough to get completely approved before the deadline.
  • Deposit date will be at least a day before the semester deadline.
  • Make sure to register for candidacy in the scheduling assistant, before the end of the first week of classes.
  • If registering as CAND 991, are you registered for research in the candidate semester?
  • If registering as CAND 992 or 993, research registration took place in the semester before the candidate semester?

 

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