Admission to Candidacy


Your Admission to Candidacy form requires the signatures of all committee members and the department’s Director of Graduate Studies (DGS, currently Lars Dzikus). Please make sure to mind the following:

  • Fill out the form and sign it yourself.
  • Collect the signature of your advisor/major professor first.
  • Collect the signatures of other committee members next.
  • Drop off the form in Lars’ mailbox. Please put the form in a closed envelope when you do so. Keep in mind, the form contains private information that is protected by FERPA (e.g, your student ID number and grades).
  • You will receive an email with instructions when and where you can pick up the form.
  • It will be your responsibility to pick up the form and take it to the Graduate School (111 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0211; Phone: (865) 974-2475) by the posted deadline (see: https://gradschool.utk.edu/graduation/graduation-deadlines/). If you have not been to the Graduate School before, make sure to schedule a little extra time, as the it can be difficult to find.
  • If you are a PhD student, also note that you will also have your committee members fill out the PhD Committee form, which requires the Department Head’s signature: https://gradschool.utk.edu/documents/2018/08/phd-committee-form.pdf/ 
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