Doctoral Candidacy Examinations
Before formally embarking on the writing of the PhD thesis, all students must pass the following:
1. A written Minor Field Examination based on one of the Department’s Field Reading Lists and distinct from the Major Field.
2. A Major Field Examination that forms the basis of the candidacy oral. The written Major Field Examination is based on one of the Department's Field Reading Lists. Prepared by the Supervisory Committee, the examination consists of three parts, each requiring the student to answer one of two questions (for a total of three of six questions). The Major Field Examination forms the basis of, and must be completed no less than ten working days before, the Candidacy Oral Examination.
The Candidacy Oral Examination is a formal oral examination scheduled by the Faculty of Graduate Studies no later than 28 months after the student's initial registration in the program (for those who entered the program with an M.A. degree).
This oral examination should address issues arising from the written examination. Examiners are asked to record their assessment of the written component by commenting on the use of relevant literature and techniques, organization, literary competence, originality, argumentation leading to the conclusions, and anything else they consider important.
At the end of the Candidacy Oral Examination, the examiners judge the student's performance, including written and oral components, Pass or Fail. Questions on the Research Proposal will not be included in the Oral Examination.
Consult the Department website for details.
Final thesis oral examinations are open.