By eighteen months of registration as a provisional doctoral student, a student must register for and eventually pass a candidacy examination.
The candidacy exam format includes two take home essays (max. 30 pages each) and an oral exam (max. 2 hours). Essay 1 will focus on the development of thought in the candidate's area of Geography (e.g., Physical, Human, Geomatics, or Resources) with an emphasis on linkages to the broader discipline. Essay 2 will focus on the candidate's research area. An oral examination will follow within 2 to 3 weeks after the completion of Essay 2.
Grading: INP, COM, N, F