Application to Candidacy

The Application to Candidacy (ATC) is filed to indicate that you are entering the final stages of degree completion and that you wish to be considered a candidate for a specific degree conferral date.

Who should file an ATC?

All PhD students, students pursuing an AuD or DNP, and master’s students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Who does not file an ATC?

Students pursuing master’s degrees or advanced certificates in the following schools:

  • Graduate School of Education.
  • Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
  • Roswell Park Graduate Division.
  • School of Architecture and Planning.
  • School of Dental Medicine.
  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
  • School of Management.
  • School of Nursing.
  • School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • School of Public Health and Health Professions.
  • School of Social Work.

These students must “apply for graduation” in the HUB Student Center (via MyUB). Please visit the Apply for Graduation in Hub webpage for instructions.


Master's students signify their intention to graduate by submitting an ATC to the Graduate School—or by applying for graduation in HUB—prior to the start of their final semester. Typically, doctoral students file an ATC after approximately six semesters of full-time enrollment toward the doctoral degree or once they have successfully passed their preliminary or qualifying exam.

For degree conferral on:

June 1, 2020 Aug. 31, 2020 Feb. 1, 2021

Application to candidacy due:

March 1, 2020 July 1, 2020 Oct. 1, 2020

All required conferral materials due:


May 26, 2020

Aug. 14, 2020 Jan. 15, 2021

Amending the ATC

Changes to the ATC (e.g., changing expected degree conferral date, changing future registration, or changing advisors or committee members) are 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.

After You've Been Admitted to Candidacy

Once you've been admitted to candidacy, you may not need to enroll for 12 credits (nine credits for graduate, teaching and research assistants) to be certified as a full-time student. Please consult with your department's graduate coordinator to see if you qualify for certification of full-time status.