Once you’ve completed your coursework and passed your exam, submit your nomination to candidacy form. This form must be approved by the University Graduate School at least eight months before graduation and before the nomination of research committee form can be approved.
Submit the paperwork for candidacy as early as possible, as completing the bureaucratic process takes time. If you apply for a fellowship, you want to be sure you are eligible as soon as possible after completing your coursework and passing the qualifying exam.
Once your candidacy has been approved by the University Graduate School, you will have seven years to complete your degree, starting with the day you passed your qualifying exam.