Preparing for Graduation

In anticipation of successful completion of all of the requirements of the Program there are a number of administrative hurdles to jump. This section summarizes degree clearance requirements. Graduation term refers to the term at the end of which the degree will be awarded.

Students, please note that some of the steps listed below are your responsibility and others are the responsibility of your advisor. If you are as sharp as we think you are, you will hound your advisor until the step (usually a form to be filed) is completed.

Application for Admission to Candidacy (student responsibility in consultation with program advisor)
Deadline: Should be completed upon successful completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate work. Please refer to Academic Calendar for deadline set by the Graduate School.

Application for Degree (student responsibility)
Deadline: Refer to Academic Calendar for deadlines.

Continuous Enrollment (student responsibility)
Deadline: Last day to register for graduation term.
Students must be enrolled for their graduation term. Students who do not enroll for credit-bearing coursework must enroll for the appropriate "zero credit" option.

Comprehensive Exams and Defense of Final Project (advisor responsibility)
Deadline: Must be completed by the last day of classes of graduation term
Report of completion is due in the Graduate School by the end of final examination period. The same form is used to notify the Graduate School of successful completion of the:
1) written comprehensive exam
2) defense of individual capstone research project

Zero Credit Registration (student responsibility)
Please note. Students who do not complete GEOG 7900 in the term for which they register for it, will pay for zero credits for every fall or spring semester their completion is delayed. Students registering for GEOG 7900 in the spring semester (the spring of second year is typical of most programs) and delaying completion until the summer, will be assessed for one semester of zero credit.

The following official statement describes the semester of zero credit:

GEOG 7999: The Registrar has added Graduate Residence 7999 to the course listings of all departments offering the Master’s degree. Students involved only with theses, projects, examinations, or other final exercises not involving course work for credit should register for Geog 7999. This course is restricted (written department permission required), offered on a "no grade intended" basis, and repeatable until the student finishes.