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Carnegie Mellon Department of Chemistry

Guide to Graduate Studies

Ph.D. Requirements

Advancement to Candidacy and All-But-Dissertation Status

For students entering Fall 2015 and later

Students’ status in the program will be reviewed each year (described under Annual Reviews, page 47). During the first two years in the program, a student is referred to as a “Ph.D. student.” Upon successful completion of the first two years of requirements through the research progress report and oral exam, listed below, a student advances to candidacy, which designates completing a major portion of the requirements for the Ph.D. listed below:

Completion of the Ph.D. candidacy requirements along with the research proposal will mark attainment of the status designated All But Dissertation (ABD) by Carnegie Mellon.

In accordance with university policy, ABD students must complete the Doctoral Candidate form to declare their intention to complete their dissertation in residence (on campus) or in absentia (off campus).

Students meeting the normally expected deadlines reach candidacy and ABD status by the sixth semester in residence.

Statute of limitations.

ABD students must complete their remaining degree requirement, namely produce and defend publicly an approved dissertation, within ten years of initial enrollment, per Carnegie Mellon University Policy on Doctoral Student Status. Extraordinary circumstances may necessitate the department to seek an extension of the candidacy status. An extension, however, requires approval by the Dean. Additional information about ABD policies, leaves of absence, and in absentia status is available in the Graduate Studies Office.

For students entering Fall 2014 and earlier

Students' status in the program will be reviewed each year (described below under Annual Reviews, page 25). During the first two years in the program, a student is referred to as a "Ph.D. student." Upon successful completion of the first two years of requirements through the research progress report and oral exam, listed below, a student advances to candidacy, which designates completing a major portion of the requirements for the Ph.D. listed below:

Completion of the Ph.D. candidacy requirements along with the original research proposal will mark attainment of the status designated All But Dissertation (ABD) by Carnegie Mellon.

In accordance with university policy, ABD students must complete the Doctoral Candidate form [.pdf] to declare their intention to complete their dissertation in residence (on campus) or in absentia (off campus).

Students meeting the normally expected deadlines reach candidacy by the end of the second year and ABD status by the end of the third year. ABD students must complete their remaining degree requirement, namely produce and defend publicly an approved dissertation, within seven years of achieving ABD status. Extraordinary circumstances may necessitate the department to seek an extension of the candidacy status. An extension, however, requires approval by the Dean. Additional information about ABD policies, leaves of absence, and in absentia status is available in the Graduate Studies Office.