Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified status;
  2. Secured a graduate advisor to supervise the course of study;
  3. Completed, with the approval of the student's advisor, at least 16 quarter units of graduate course work at this university, and achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in those courses;
  4. Filed an approved Advancement to Candidacy form which must have the approval of the student's advisor, the department chair or chair of the graduate program committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Requirements for Graduation

Clinical/Counseling Option:

  1. Completed at least 90-92 quarter units (depending on the culminating option selected in item 2 below) of course work in an approved graduate program with a grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  2. One of the following:
    1. Completed and defended an original thesis. Students selecting the thesis option take five units of PSYC 611 in preparation for the thesis.


    2. OR

    3. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination. Students selecting the examination option take five units of PSYC 612 in preparation for the examination;
  3. Received the approval of the student's graduate committee;
  4. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the thesis or comprehensive examination;
  5. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed on Page 368.
    • The comprehensive examination is designed to be integrative in nature and is offered during the spring quarter. Students who do not receive a passing grade may elect to:
    1. Repeat the examination, one additional time only

      OR

    2. Complete PSYC 699. Thesis.
Complete details regarding the examination option are available from the Psychology Department.

Industrial/Organizational Option:

  1. Completed a minimum of 76 quarter units of approved graduate level work with at least 60 units completed in residence at this university with a grade point average of a least 3.0 ("B") and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  2. Completed and defended an original master's thesis (a two-course sequence, PSYC 611 and 699);
  3. The graduate writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the thesis.

Classified graduate students in the Master of Science programs must complete their degree requirements within seven years of admission to the program. Students with classified status who fail to register for at least one course in the Psychology M.S. program each quarter will automatically be declassified.

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