Admission to the Graduate School does not imply admission to candidacy for the Ed.D. or Ph.D. degree. Students are granted candidacy to the Interdisciplinary Ed.D. program in Leadership after successful completion of 32 credits and upon satisfactory portfolio review and approval. In order to be advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree a student must have previously been admitted to the Graduate School, have completed approximately half the number of hours in the degree program, and passed the comprehensive examination. For the master’s degree, however, the comprehensive examination can be used either to advance students to candidacy for the Ph.D. or, to measure terminal learning outcomes at or near the completion of the program of study.