Office of Student Services
Important Dates for Graduate Students
The Office of Student Services provides Graduation Audits, a service available for graduate students to assist you, ensuring you have the required documents on file in order to graduate. The AUDIT form is a personal profile documenting your graduation status. Requests for AUDITS are accepted by email. Please request your AUDIT early in the semester of expected graduation.
All students anticipating graduating in a particular semester must adhere to the deadlines for that semester.
The Important Dates for each upcoming semester are also available in the Student Services Office, Room 1204, Benjamin Building.
IMPORTANT REGISTRATION DATES ARE AVAILABLE. Please check this site for specific dates and information on classes and deadlines for upcoming semesters.NOTE: All of the Forms Used by Graduate Students are available on-line.
- Continuous registration is required. All students must be registered each fall and spring semester for a minimum of 1 credit that will accurately reflect the student’s involvement in graduate study and use of University resources. Students may request a "Leave of Absence" (check criteria). Master’s and pre-candidacy doctoral students may request a waiver of the registration requirement by filing the “Petition for Waiver of Continuous Registration” form. Leave of absences and waivers must have Department and College approval. Students who have approved waivers may not use any facility or resource of the University. Forms may be found on the Graduate School website.
- Pre-candidacy doctoral students may register for 898 “Pre-Candidacy Research” for 1-8 credits (carries 18 units).
- Doctoral students are not permitted to register for 899 dissertation credit until they are advanced to candidacy.
- Doctoral candidates, advanced to candidacy, are automatically registered for 6 credits of 899 dissertation credit by the University each fall and spring semester. The credit level is not variable, and can not be adjusted.
- Students must be registered for a minimum of one credit in the intended semester of graduation, including one of the summer sessions for August graduation.
- Doctoral candidates who have accumulated the required number of 899 dissertation credits prior to August graduation, may register for a minimum of one 898 pre-candidacy credit in the summer, or any other credit approved by the student’s adviser, in order to meet the registration requirement. 899 credit is offered for a variable number of credits in the summer.
- It is necessary to apply for graduation early in the semester of graduation. If graduation requirements are not met in the semester of initial application, the Application for Graduation continues to carry over until graduation requirements are met. However, any student whose time expires before graduation requirements are met, will not have their Application for Graduation rolled over and will need to request a time extension and reapply to graduate. There will be no fee charged for the Application for Graduation.
- Students are responsible for meeting deadlines when fulfilling final degree requirements.
- Students should check the graduate program that they are enrolled in for applicable deadlines it may have.
- For additional information, call the Graduate Studies Office, College of Education, 301-405-2344
ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS:
Applications for Admission to Candidacy may be obtained in the Graduate Studies Office, Room 1204 or on the web at forms used by graduate students . The Admission to Candidacy forms must be approved by the program prior to submission for College approval (Graduate Studies Office). The Graduate Studies Office recommends to the Graduate School the consideration of candidacy. The candidacy papers are reviewed on the 25th day of each month. The Graduate School will notify in writing the candidacy decision to each student effective the 1st of the month.
MASTER'S APPROVED PROGRAM FORM
Three hundred level courses are not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees (Graduate Catalog). Three hundred level courses should not appear on Master's Approved Program forms.
Individual programs coordinate and administer exams. Please check with your program office regarding applications and procedures for preliminary and comprehensive examinations.