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Graduate Degree Information

Official Student Program

The Program

A student must consult with the graduate advisor of the department or college to prepare a tentative degree program. After completing prerequisites and other requirements, the student must formulate an official student program and apply for advancement to candidacy.

The department will assign the student a faculty advisor who must be consulted about preparing a degree program. The advisor should have an official evaluation of the student's previous work from the Office of Enrollment Services, although transcripts provided by the student may be used to develop a tentative student program and discuss degree requirements. When the Office of Enrollment Services' evaluation and the results of tests are available, the faculty advisor can assist the student in drawing up a student program. This student program must be approved by the student's faculty advisor, the departmental graduate advisor, and college dean or director of graduate studies or, for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies or his/her designee. The student program must list the following:

  • 1. Courses required for removal of undergraduate deficiencies;
  • 2. All courses taken prior to advancement to candidacy which are to apply toward the 30‑unit minimum;
  • 3. Required courses;
  • 4. Elective courses.

The official student program, when approved, serves as the basis for the Office of Enrollment Services' graduation audit which is required before the degree can be granted. Students who have not been advanced to candidacy are subject to all changes as published in the Catalog, Policy Statements, and certifications.
Graduate student programs may be revised as the student advances toward the degree. Such revisions must be recommended by the faculty advisor and approved by the departmental graduate advisor and the college dean or director of graduate studies.