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Graduate Program Timeline

The graduate committee has recommended following measures to make the graduate program more effective. It is agreed upon by the committee members that the proposed guideline will be effective in helping graduate students to full fill their MS requirements on schedule.

Graduate students will follow this schedule through their 4 semester program:

During 1st semester

Student meets with various faculty to determine his/her research interests.

Student makes commitment for research.

During 2nd semester

Select committee members (thesis advisor + two outside members)

Begin project formulation.

End of 2nd semester

Present research plans to the committee members (short talk and short proposal paper).

Beginning of 3rd semester

Annual evaluation by graduate committee.

If needed, submit report to Chairperson.

Take comprehensive exam.

During 3rd semester

Continue to work on research.

Beginning of 4th semester

Take comprehensive exam (if necessary).

Start writing thesis.

End of 4th semester

Defend thesis

Register for graduation.

Important Departmental Dates:

January 15, August 15

Graduate Student Advising

Sign GA/RA contracts

By the First week of January and September

Sign up for Comprehensive Exam

Second and third week of February

Comprehensive Exam

Second and third week of September

Comprehensive Exam

July 1 (Graduating in August)

Defend Thesis

November 1 (Graduating in December)

April 1 (Graduating in Spring)

Important Graduate School Deadlines:

Commencement Dates
Last Day to:

August 15, 2004

December 18, 2004

May 7, 2005

August 14, 2005

Submit Electronic Intent to Graduate Card to Graduate School

June 9

September 9

January 27

June 8

Submit Master's Degree Candidacy or Doctoral Degree Candidacy Form to College Director of Graduate Studies

June 9

September 9

January 27

June 8

Submit Cap and Gown Order to Graduate School

July 12

November 19

April 8

July 11

Submit your defended and corrected thesis/dissertation copy to Graduate School for review

July 16

November 19

April 8

July 15

Submit final thesis/dissertation copies to Graduate School for binding

July 30

December 3

April 22

July 29

Academic departments submit comprehensive examination results to Graduate School (doctoral exams due one week after grading)

July 30

December 3

April 22

July 29

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