These two readers must be members of the Graduate Group in Nursing with expertise in the area of study.
The Candidacy Examination contains a written and an oral component.
The Dissertation Proposal Defense serves as the Candidacy Examination.
The purpose of the Candidacy Examination is to demonstrate an understanding of knowledge in the concentration area that supports the student’s dissertation research.
The third individual may be a faculty member at or outside of the University of Pennsylvania with approval from the Graduate Group in Nursing Chair.
For members outside the University of Pennsylvania, the individual’s CV and a rationale for membership on the committee should be emailed to the Graduate Group in Nursing Chair for information, with a copy to the Associate Director for Graduate Academic Affairs.
Exceptions may be made for committee members with a non-Research Doctorate (for example, MD or DNP) if they are members of a University of Pennsylvania Graduate Group or demonstrate other evidence of participation in research-intensive roles.
The Dissertation Chair will be responsible for making this decision and must notify the Graduate Group in Nursing Chair.
The Chair must be a member of the Standing Faculty of the School of Nursing.
The individual may or may not have been the student’s advisor.