Department Policy on Time to Candidacy

Although the University time limit for advancement to candidacy is the end of the fourth year, the departmental policy at Scripps is that all students must take their qualifying examination and advance to candidacy no later than the end of their third year. If a student is to receive meaningful guidance from the doctoral committee regarding their dissertation research, and if deficiencies in preparation are to be identified in time for them to be remedied, it is important that the qualifying examination be held by the end of the student’s third year.