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Application to Candidacy

You should expect to file an application to candidacy with the Graduate School after two or three semesters of full-time enrollment toward the master's degree, or after six semesters of full-time enrollment toward the doctoral degree.


Candidates must file the application to candidacy (ATC) by the specified deadlines. Committees cannot receive ATC's immediately prior to the expected graduation date. Once the Graduate School approves the ATC, written notification of approval will be sent to the student.

For degree conferral on:

June 1, 2017
September 1, 2017 February 1, 2018

Application to candidacy due:

March 1, 2017 July 1, 2017
October 1, 2017

All required conferral materials due:

May 19, 2017 August 11, 2017
January 19, 2018

The above dates are subject to change. Each student is advised to check with the appropriate office one semester prior to the deadline date listed for up-to-date information. It is the student's responsibility to check with the Graduate School at 716-645-2939 prior to the deadline dates to be sure all the requirements and paperwork for your degree have been completed. Each department has the appropriate forms and additional instructions.

Amending the ATC

Minor amendments to the ATC which become necessary through changes in registration (e.g., adding or deleting anticipated courses or credits) must be formalized through the Change Expected Conferral Date/Amend ATC form available on the Forms for Students page. This form must be endorsed by the director of graduate studies or chair of the student's department. These amendments are then reviewed by the Graduate School.

Once admitted to candidacy, a student may not need to enroll for 12 credits (9 credits for graduate, teaching and research assistants) to be certified as a full-time student.