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The Graduate School - Current Student FAQ



The Graduate Catalog contains information regarding curriculum, policies, and procedures for graduate students.

All approved matriculation forms are viewable on TopNet ("Student Services", "Student Records", "View Graduate Program Documents". 

Save the form to your desktop, complete, and save.  After obtaining the appropriate approvals, e-mail forms to graduate.school@wku.edu .  If you have technical issues please contact the WKU IT Help Desk,

A Program of Study is an individualized plan of study which details the complete list of courses required by the academic program for degree completion.  Students should work with their advisors to complete and submit to Graduate Records for approval. 

The Program of Study must be submitted within the first term or prior to the completion of twelve (12) hours. A registration hold will be placed for failure to submit a Program of Study after earning twelve hours. 

Once the Program of Study has been approved you will receive confirmation through WKU email.  Approved matriculation forms are viewable on TopNet ("Student Services", "Student Records", "View Graduate Program Documents".)

All graduate degree programs require that either a written or an oral examination be satisfactorily completed, or that an approved capstone course be successfully completed.  Contact your academic department for details.

Each academic program defines whether a thesis, specialist project, or dissertation is required.  Refer to the Graduate Catalog or contact your academic department for details.

Thesis, specialist project, and dissertation information is online at http://www.wku.edu/graduate/students/thesis/.  Contact your academic department for any additional guidelines and deadlines.


The Application for Graduation  is submitted through TopNet ("Student Services", "Student Records", "Application for Graduation"). (It is a Registrar’s Office form and fee.) 

The Office of the Registrar handles all transcript requests

Course withdrawals are handled in the Office of the Registrar. 

Drop all current courses through TopNet and email the Graduate School requesting to be withdrawn from your program.



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 Last Modified 2/25/21