You will find the specific dates for various deadlines in the student calendars provided by the Registrar’s Office. By far the most important calendar is the one
for graduation deadlines provided by the Graduate School. Consult these calendars frequently, especially at
the beginning of each semester, to make sure that you keep up with deadlines. Failure
to meet deadlines will delay your graduation.
1. Apply for admission and/or assistantship:
Apply for admission, and, if you are interested, for a graduate assistantship. See
above, Application Procedures and Application to the M.A. Program and for an Assistantship, for details and deadlines. Get the admissions application at https://banssbprod.memphis.edu/pls/PROD/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon and the assistantship application at http://www.memphis.edu/history/pdfs/assistap.pdf (pdf).
2. Be advised and get registration clearance:
Once the Graduate School informs you of your admission, contact the Graduate Coordinator
for an advising appointment. You will not be able to register until you have been
advised. Make sure that the Coordinator has your e-mail address, and let the Coordinator
know whenever this changes. All our communications are by e-mail, and failure to keep
your address up to date may mean that you miss crucial messages, which could affect
After advising, the Coordinator will clear you to register. Register at the assigned
time using the myMemphis Web-based registration system. See http://my.memphis.edu/.
Begin the M.A. planning form, obtainable from the Graduate Coordinator, or at http://www.memphis.edu/docs/history/maplan.doc (MS Word).
Thereafter, meet with the Graduate Coordinator at least once a year for advising and
clearance. When going for advising, take an up-to-date copy of the planning form.
This meeting is necessary for registration clearance.
3. Transfer credits from another school if necessary:
If you want to use any credits from another school, and the Graduate Coordinator approves
this, file the Evaluation of Transfer Credit (Masters) form, http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/pdfs/masters_transfer_credit.pdf (pdf), with the Graduate School.
4. For those who want to write a thesis: choose a thesis advisor and thesis committee
and write your thesis (see above, under M.A. thesis):
If you are writing a thesis, you should choose a thesis advisor/committee chair and
a committee of at least three professors as soon possible, but no later than a full
year before you expect to graduate. The advisor/chair must hold at least Associate
Graduate Faculty status. Fill out a committee form, available at http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/pdfs/committee_form.pdf (pdf), obtain all committee signatures, and submit it to the office and Graduate
Coordinator. The office will pass it on to the Graduate School, which must receive
it by 45 days from the beginning of the semester of graduation.
Register the thesis topic with the Graduate School. You can find the form at http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/form/tdproposal.php. For the proper format and style of the thesis, see http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/tdinfo.php. Also, obtain a checklist of requirements from the Graduate School office or from
their Web page at http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/pdfs/non-apa_checklist.pdf (pdf) . See above under M.A. Thesis for the proper format for the thesis and instructions for its submission.
After you register for thesis credit for the first time, the Graduate School requires
you to register for at least one thesis credit every Fall and Spring semester afterwards
until you graduate. Have your thesis director sign the thesis enrollment form, http://www.memphis.edu/history/pdfs/thesis_form.pdf (pdf), and take it to Karen Jackett, who will enter a permit.
5. Complete all required coursework (see above, M.A. program requirements and restrictions).
6. Choose the Comprehensives Committee and take Comprehensive Exam and Thesis Defense
(see above, M.A. comprehensive exam):
Whether you are writing a thesis or not, choose a Comprehensives Committee of three
faculty members, the chair of which must hold at least Associate Graduate Faculty
status, no later than the beginning of the semester in which you intend to graduate.
Not all committee members should be from a large area of history, like U.S. history.
Provide each member with a complete list of courses taken and for each course a list
of books read, and papers written for it.
If you are writing a thesis, your Comprehensives Committee will probably be the same
as your Thesis Committee.
During the latter part of the last semester, schedule the comprehensive oral examination
and/or thesis defense with committee members and the department office. Comprehensive
examinations and thesis defenses must be held by the designated Graduate School deadline
for the semester. Report the result to the Department of History and the Graduate
Coordinator using the form http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/form/comps2.php. If you defended a thesis, you also need to submit a defense form, http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/form/defense.php.
7. If you want to continue in the Ph.D. program, submit documentation to the department
and a change of program form to the Graduate School by the normal application deadlines,
September 15 or January 15. At the exam/defense ask your Comprehensives Committee
and/or your Thesis Committee to recommend on the exam/defense form(s) that you be
allowed to continue.
For the forms that the Graduate School requires for graduation, deadlines, and detailed
instructions, see http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/graduation.php. The forms include the “Application for Master’s Degree Candidacy” form, http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/form/mdc.php, and the “Intent to Graduate” form, https://saweb.memphis.edu/commencement/intenttograduate/. Note that you must file these by a very early deadline at the beginning of the semester
in which you want to graduate. Be sure to bring the Candidacy form to the Graduate
Coordinator for approval before submitting it.
You must submit your thesis to the Graduate School electronically. Make sure you are
following the most recent guidelines and meet the deadline. For the current thesis
preparation guide and policies on submission to the Graduate School, see http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/tdinfo_electronic.php.