You are eligible to sit for the Candidacy Exam after completing 12–18 credits of coursework. Enrollment in coursework beyond the master’s degree alone does not automatically constitute admission to the PhD program or to candidacy.
The purpose of the portfolio is to provide faculty on the Candidacy Portfolio Evaluation Committee a means to evaluate your ability to successfully complete this program. In order to make this evaluation, members of the evaluation committee will examine
samples of your academic writing contained in the portfolio, your grades, and your instructors’ evaluations of you (from each course you have taken).
Evaluations of the CP Conference Paper will include considerations of whether the paper successfully:
Represents a serious issue worth exploring in the field. For instance:
Engages current scholarship in the field on this issue. In this context, “reflects current scholarship” means current, academic peer-reviewed books and articles from the last 10 years in the field. It also includes seminal work in the field.
Demonstrates the ability to focus ideas and construct arguments. Provides arguments that are clear and appropriately supported.
Is appropriately written for a paper of this type (MLA formatting and referencing, observes specified page lengths, etc.).
Appeals: You may appeal a decision of Fail in writing to the L&C program director within two weeks of the date that the decision was sent out. Your appeal must reach the L&C program director no later than 4:00 p.m. on the date
two weeks from the date the decision is sent to you. Appeals must be based on the reasons for the committee’s decision given to you by the L&C program director.