Student Responsibility

Graduate students must assume full responsibility for knowledge of Graduate School policies and departmental requirements concerning their individual degree programs. Advances in knowledge and changes in methodology at times require alterations in degree programs. Therefore, graduate students should be aware of the current regulations and requirements of the Graduate School and of their departments at all times. Current regulations and requirements take precedence over any previously promulgated policies.

Please place special attention to the policy regarding the selection of your advisory committeeThe committee must consist of at least three members of the graduate faculty.  If you would like to add an outside member not affiliated with the University you must obtain prior approval.  Please contact the Graduate Coordinator for more information. You can refer to the Graduate School website for a list of the department's faculty and their membership status.  Consult the Graduate Catalog for criteria for Master's committee and Doctoral committee

General Forms

Departmental Graduate Forms

Graduate School Forms

Candidates for Degree should submit the following forms by the semester deadline in which you plan to graduate.  It is the responsibility of the student to schedule the final defense with sufficient lead time to meet the Graduate School deadlines for graduation in a given semester.  Please note that all final defense requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the date of the defense and by the semester deadline.  

Please refer to the Graduate School Calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Once you have completed any form, please submit it to the Graduate Coordinator at  This ensures that the office is aware of your progress and copies are maintained for your file.  

Questions about forms may be directed to Student Services.

Master's Candidates:

Doctoral Candidates:

All other important forms can be found at the Graduate School's Graduate Student Forms page: 

  • Petition for Scholastic Reinstatement after Academic Dismissal
  • Request for Change of Department
  • Request for Change of Degree Program
  • Request for Dual Degree
  • Request for Pass/Fail
  • Change of Defense Date
  • Request to Change Degree Title or to Delete Application for Degree
  • Residency Classification Appeal
  • Application for Doctoral Degree Update
  • Verification of Concentration
  • Petition to Extend the 7-Year Time Limit for the Doctorate
  • The Survey of Earned Doctorates (Required of all doctoral students prior to document approval)