The program is divided into two stages to ensure that students progress through their requirements in the correct order and in a timely manner. Students must submit a petition to proceed from Stage I to Stage II (see above II.6). The petition is evaluated by a faculty committee; if it is not approved, the student will be given one semester to remedy deficiencies and resubmit the petition. If it is denied a second time by the faculty committee, the student will be separated from the program.