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Candidacy Research Project

The goal of the candidacy research paper is to help doctoral students acquire the necessary skills to conduct research. This occurs under the mentorship of three faculty members. Students work with their Counseling Psychology faculty advisor who directs the paper. Two other faculty members serve on the candidacy committee.

The candidacy committee should consist of three members:

  • A counseling psychology faculty chair or co-chair
  • A designated methodologist
  • One other faculty member

Students should enroll in EPSY 7398 Candidacy Research during the semester in which they defend the Candidacy Research Proposal. The committee hears the defense of the project proposal and authorizes the study to take place. If data collection is required, the student must secure approval from the University Committees for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS).

Before the student defends the candidacy paper the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of 9 of the 18 hours required for the COE Doctoral Core. 3 hours must be in research.
  • Completion of at least 15 hours in the major of study
  • Approved degree plan on file.
  • Approved application for full-time doctoral residency on file.

Students advance to candidacy once they have completed the candidacy research project and have successfully completed their comprehensive exams.

Students receive an "I" in the course until the Candidacy Research Project is finished. Failure to complete the project in one year results in the "I" becoming an "F." Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in EPSY 7398 when they are certain that they will be able to finish the project within one year.

With the advisor's approval, a previously completed master's thesis may fulfill the candidacy research requirement. (See Doctoral Handbook).