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Student Expectations and Timeline

Student Expectations

Students are expected to complete the following milestones to avoid having holds placed on their registrations and to ensure completion of the degree requirements in a timely fashion. The following is representative for a student completing nine credit hours per semester (full-time). Students who take more or less than full-time credits should adjust their schedule accordingly.

Timeline for Degree Completion

Academic Semester 1

  • Complete AMS 571 if started in fall
  • Review the thesis procedures
  • Establish three-member Graduate Thesis Committee
  • Complete and submit Form C (Program of Study) if accepted in good standing

Academic Semester 2

  • Complete AMS 571 if started in spring
  • Complete and submit Form C if accepted with conditions
  • Meet with Graduate Thesis Committee to discuss thesis proposal
  • Complete Form G Committee and Topic Selection (if you did not submit your committee membership and selection on the Form C Program of Study)
  • Review the thesis writing guide
  • Write thesis proposal (this may require several drafts)

Academic Semester 3

  • Submit thesis proposal for review to Graduate Thesis Committee by end of week five
  • Complete and submit proposal approval form MSETM-PA
  • Complete and submit application for graduation

Academic Semester 4

  • Complete all courses
  • Submit thesis to Graduate Thesis Committee at least three weeks before the final defense deadline
  • Complete oral comprehensive exam (thesis defense) before the final defense deadline. Form E will be signed by the Graduate Thesis Committee if successful
  • Submit final thesis copy to Graduate Thesis Committee for review to the assigned reader before the deadline. The thesis cover page will be signed by Graduate Thesis Committee, if successful
  • Graduate

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 Last Modified 9/24/14