USC Price School of Public Policy

Admission to Candidacy

Graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School are officially admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree when they have completed the residency requirement and passed the written and oral portions of the Ph.D. qualifying examination upon the favorable recommendation of the Guidance Committee to the Vice Provost for Academic Programs. All Ph.D. candidates are required to engage in original research.

After being admitted to candidacy, the department will initiate the online degree check which is transmitted to the Degree Progress Department. Degree Progress counselors prepare a degree summary report for each student listing any remaining requirements. The requirements will not be checked or the degree conferred if the student has not applied.

The semester immediately following admission to candidacy requires enrollment in Doctoral Dissertation (PPD 794).

For additional information, please go to the Graduate School Policies and Requirements page in the USC Catalogue.