School of Graduate Studies

Forms

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Master's Plan A

Checklist

Supervisory Committee Approval

  • Supervisory Committee Approval form (fillable pdf)

    Due: By the end of the second semester.

    Signatures needed: Student, major professor, committee members, department head.

    A Supervisory Committee Approval form confirms the individuals who will serve on a student’s committee.

    When completing the form, please follow instructions on the second page of the form.

    No changes can be made to a Supervisory Committee within the six weeks prior to a student’s final defense.

    Note: A Master’s degree supervisory committee must include at least three faculty members who are approved by the Department Head and the Dean of Graduate Studies. At least one member must represent the student’s area of specialization, and at least one must be from outside the specialization area. The majority of the committee members must be from the student's program.

Program of Study

Due: By the end of the second semester.

Signatures needed: Major professor, committee members, department head, student.

The Program of Study (PoS) constitutes a contract between the student, the committee, and the School of Graduate Studies regarding what courses a student will take in completion of his or her program requirements.

The PoS should be entered into DegreeWorks by the student by the end of the second semester following matriculation. The student should contact the department's Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) once the PoS is in DegreeWorks. The GPC will forward the PoS to the School of Graduate Studies for the processing and signatures and approval.

Amendments to the PoS can be made by completing the Program of Study Revision form. The GPC will make the desired changes in DegreeWorks and then forward the changes to Joan Rudd (joan.rudd@usu.edu) for approval. No changes can be made to the PoS within the two month prior to the defense.

Creating a Program of Study

Verifying a Program of Study (for GPC use only)

Program of Study Signature Page (for GPC use only)

Program of Study Revision

Master's Proposal Approval Form

Master's Proposal Approval (fillable pdf)

Due: After you successfullly defend a Master's thesis or project proposal.

Signatures needed: Student, major professor and committee members

This form confirms that the student successfully defended a research proposal, and that the student has the necessary regulatory approvals to conduct the proposed research.

Appointment for Examination

Appointment for Examination Form (fillable pdf)

Due: At least 2 weeks or 10 working days before the defense.

Signatures needed: Student, major professor, committee members.

The Appointment for Examination form formally notifies the School of Graduate Studies that the student will be defending his or her thesis. This allows the School of Graduate Studies to confirm that all required paperwork has been submitted by the student and ensures the student that committee members have read the thesis ahead of time and agree that it is ready to be defended.

The student should schedule the final defense after all courses and the thesis are completed. At least 4 weeks prior to the defense, the student should give a copy of the thesis to each member of the supervisory committee for approval or corrections. 

An Appointment for Examination form must be completed by the student or Graduate Program Coordinator and then sent to the School of Graduate Studies. Required signatures will be obtained electronically and a copy of the signed form will be sent to each person who signed the form.

Thesis Format and Style Form

Thesis Format and Style form (fillable pdf)

Due: With the thesis when it is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies.

Signatures needed: Major professor, departmental format/style reviewer (check with your department to identify your format/style reviewer).

The student is responsible for proofreading the thesis and having it read and approved by the department before submitting a final, committee-approved and signed copy­ — with the Thesis Format and Style form attached — to the assistant dean in the School of Graduate Studies. The Thesis Format and Style form communicates which thesis format has been chosen by the student and major professor and who will be responsible for communications about thesis revisions. The assistant dean will review the thesis for proper format and conformity to departmental and School of Graduate Studies standards. The assistant dean will attach a check sheet of formatting, stylistic, and mechanical problems and will mark examples of needed changes on the thesis.

Master's Plan B

Checklist

Master's Plan B checklist (pdf)

Use this form to ensure you have completed all processes for your degree option.

Supervisory Committee Approval

  • Supervisory Committee Approval form (fillable pdf)

    Due: By the end of the second semester.

    Signatures needed: Student, major professor, committee members, department head.

    A Supervisory Committee Approval form confirms the individuals who will serve on a student’s committee.

    When completing the form, please follow instructions on the second page of the form.

    No changes can be made to a Supervisory Committee within the six weeks prior to a student’s final defense.

    Note: A Master’s degree supervisory committee must include at least three faculty members who are approved by the Department Head and the Dean of Graduate Studies. At least one member must represent the student’s area of specialization, and at least one must be from outside the specialization area. The majority of the committee members must be from the student's program.

Program of Study

  • Due: By the end of the second semester.

    Signatures needed: Major professor, committee members, department head, student.

    The Program of Study (PoS) constitutes a contract between the student, the committee, and the School of Graduate Studies regarding what courses a student will take in completion of his or her program requirements.

    The PoS should be entered into DegreeWorks by the student by the end of the second (Master's degrees) or third (Doctoral degrees) semester following matriculation. The student should contact the department's Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) once the PoS is in DegreeWorks. The GPC will forward the PoS to the School of Graduate Studies for the processing and signatures and approval.

    Amendments to the PoS can be made by completing the Program of Study Revision form. The GPC will make the desired changes in DegreeWorks and then forward the changes to Joan Rudd (joan.rudd@usu.edu) for approval. No changes can be made to the PoS within the two month prior to the defense.

    Creating a Program of Study

    Verifying a Program of Study (for GPC use only)

  • Program of Study Signature Page (for GPC use only)

  • Program of Study worksheet

  • Program of Study Revision

Master's Proposal Approval Form

Master's Proposal Approval (fillable pdf)

Due: After you successfullly defend a Master's thesis or project proposal.

Signatures needed: Student, major professor and committee members

This form confirms that the student successfully defended a research proposal, and that the student has the necessary regulatory approvals to conduct the proposed research.

Appointment for Examination

Appointment for Examination Form (fillable pdf)

Due: At least 2 weeks or 10 working days before the defense.

Signatures needed: Student, major professor, committee members.

The Appointment for Examination form formally notifies the School of Graduate Studies that the student will be defending his or her thesis. This allows the School of Graduate Studies to confirm that all required paperwork has been submitted by the student and ensures the student that committee members have read the thesis ahead of time and agree that it is ready to be defended.

The student should schedule the final defense after all courses and the thesis are completed. At least 4 weeks prior to the defense, the student should give a copy of the thesis to each member of the supervisory committee for approval or corrections. 

Professional

Checklist

Professional Degree Checklist (pdf)

Use this form to ensure you have completed all processes for your degree option. 

Supervisory Committee Approval

  • Supervisory Committee Approval form (fillable pdf)

    Due: By the end of the second semester.

    Signatures needed: Student, major professor, committee members, department head.

    A Supervisory Committee Approval form confirms the individuals who will serve on a student’s committee.

    When completing the form, please follow instructions on the second page of the form.

    No changes can be made to a Supervisory Committee within the six weeks prior to a student’s final defense.

    Note: A Master’s degree supervisory committee must include at least three faculty members who are approved by the Department Head and the Dean of Graduate Studies. At least one member must represent the student’s area of specialization, and at least one must be from outside the specialization area. The majority of the committee members must be from the student's program.

Program of Study

Due: By the end of the second semester.

Signatures needed: Major professor, committee members, department head, student.

The Program of Study (PoS) constitutes a contract between the student, the committee, and the School of Graduate Studies regarding what courses a student will take in completion of his or her program requirements.

The PoS should be entered into DegreeWorks by the student by the end of the second (Master's degrees) or third (Doctoral degrees) semester following matriculation. The student should contact the department's Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) once the PoS is in DegreeWorks. The GPC will forward the PoS to the School of Graduate Studies for the processing and signatures and approval.

Amendments to the PoS can be made by completing the Program of Study Revision form. The GPC will make the desired changes in DegreeWorks and then forward the changes to Joan Rudd (joan.rudd@usu.edu) for approval. No changes can be made to the PoS within the two month prior to the defense.

Creating a Program of Study

Verifying a Program of Study (for GPC use only)

Program of Study Signature Page (for GPC use only)

Program of Study worksheet

Program of Study Revision

Master's Proposal Approval Form

Master's Proposal Approval (fillable pdf)

Due: After you successfully defend a Master's thesis or project proposal.

Signatures needed: Student, major professor and committee members

This form confirms that the student successfully defended a research proposal, and that the student has the necessary regulatory approvals to conduct the proposed research.

*Not all professional programs require this form.

Doctoral

Checklist

  • Doctoral checklist (pdf)

    Use this form to ensure you have completed all processes for your degree option.

Supervisory Committee Approval

Supervisory Committee Approval form (fillable pdf)

Due: By the end of the third semester.

Signatures needed: Student, major professor, committee members, department head.

A Supervisory Committee Approval form confirms the individuals who will serve on a student’s committee.

When completing the form, please follow instructions on the second page of the form.

No changes can be made to a Supervisory Committee within the six weeks prior to a student’s final defense.

Note: A Master’s degree supervisory committee must include at least three faculty members who are approved by the Department Head and the Dean of Graduate Studies. At least one member must represent the student’s area of specialization, and at least one must be from outside the specialization area. The majority of the committee members must be from the student's program.

A doctoral degree supervisory committee must include five faculty with doctoral degrees who are approved by the Department Head and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Three members must be from within and at least once must be from outside the student's department or interdepartmental degree-granting program.

Program of Study

Due: By the end of the third semester.

Signatures needed: Major professor, committee members, department head, student.

The Program of Study (PoS) constitutes a contract between the student, the committee, and the School of Graduate Studies regarding what courses a student will take in completion of his or her program requirements.

The student should enter the PoS into DegreeWorks by the end of the third semester following matriculation. The student should contact the department's Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) once the PoS is in DegreeWorks. The GPC will forward the PoS to the School of Graduate Studies for the processing and signatures and approval.

Amendments to the PoS can be made by completing the Program of Study Revision form. The GPC will make the desired changes in DegreeWorks and then forward the changes to Joan Rudd (joan.rudd@usu.edu) for approval. No changes can be made to the PoS within the two months prior to the defense.

Creating a Program of Study

Verifying a Program of Study (for GPC use only)

Program of Study Signature Page (for GPC use only)

Program of Study worksheet

Program of Study Revision

Application for Candidacy 

Application for Candidacy Form (fillable pdf)

Due: Three months prior to the final defense with the Proposal Cover Sheet.

Signatures needed: Major professor, committee members, department head, student.

The Application for Candidacy form must be submitted three months before the student’s final defense and must accompany a signed copy of the student’s dissertation proposal cover sheet. The Application for Candidacy form, signed by all members of the committee and the department head, attests that the student is ready to conduct independent dissertation research.  

Appointment for Examination

Appointment for Examination (pdf)

Due: At least 2 weeks or 10 working days before the defense.

Signatures needed: Student, major professor, committee members.

The Appointment for Examination form formally notifies the School of Graduate Studies that the student will be defending his or her dissertation. This allows the School of Graduate Studies to confirm that all required paperwork has been submitted by the student and ensures the student that committee members have read the dissertation ahead of time and agree that it is ready to be defended.

The student should schedule the final defense after all courses and the dissertation are completed. At least 4 weeks prior to the defense, the student should give a copy of the dissertation to each member of the supervisory committee for approval or corrections. 

An Appointment for Examination form must be completed by the student or Graduate Program Coordinator and then sent to the School of Graduate Studies. Required signatures will be obtained electronically and a copy of the signed form will be sent to each person who signed the form.

Hint: You will save yourself time later if you will ask all committee members to sign your dissertation title page at the conclusion of your defense. They can hold it until corrections have been made.

Dissertation Format and Style Guide

Dissertation Format and Style (fillable pdf)

Due: With the dissertation when it is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies.

Signatures needed: Major professor, departmental format/style reviewer (check with your department to identify your format/style reviewer).

The student is responsible for proofreading the thesis and having it read and approved by the department before submitting a final,committee-approved and signed copy­ — with the Dissertation Format and Style form attached — to the assistant dean in the School of Graduate Studies. The Dissertation Format and Style form communicates which dissertation format has been chosen by the student and major professor and who will be responsible for communications about dissertation revisions. The assistant dean will review the dissertation for proper format and conformity to departmental and School of Graduate Studies standards. The assistant dean will attach a check sheet of formatting, stylistic, and mechanical problems and will mark examples of needed changes on the dissertation.