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Candidacy Research Project

Students must complete and defend a candidacy research project under faculty supervision. The purpose of the candidacy research project is to show evidence that the potential candidate is capable of conducting, writing, and presenting a novel, comprehensive research project. The candidacy research project allows students to develop research competencies under the mentorship of one or more faculty members.

Students are required to complete at least 3 hours of Candidacy Research (PHLS 7398) when completing their Candidacy Research Project. Students who have previously completed an empirical master's thesis can petition for their thesis to meet the candidacy research project requirement. Discuss this possibility with your advisor.

Please see the Measurement, Quantitative Methods, & Learning Sciences Ph.D. program handbook for detailed information about candidacy research paper procedures.