2019–2020 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2019) 
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2019–2020 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctoral Candidacy

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Definition of Doctoral Candidacy

The status of “doctoral candidate” is defined as an advanced graduate student who has demonstrated mastery of the knowledge of an academic domain or discipline and a readiness to embark on the capstone project.

A Walden University student is considered a doctoral candidate when the following expectations, as prescribed in the Program of Study, have been completed.

  • Academic Coursework
  • Core Research Courses
  • Academic Residencies (except Residency 4 for PhD students)
  • Prospectus, approved by the Academic Program Director or designee following successful rubric examination, and on record with the Office of Student Research Administration
  • Other specific requirements stipulated by the academic program