Your Graduate Degree Timeline
|Step||What to Do||When||Approved By|
|1: Orientation||Meet with your degree program Graduate Advisor to plan your course of study. Here is a link of advisors:
Directors of Graduate Study
|Before semester registration.||Graduate Advisor|
|2: Plan of Study||Together with your Advisor, prepare a Plan of Study. Use this form if the program does not have a specific form.
Plan of Study.
|Your advisor will tell you—but no later than your 12th credit hour.||Graduate Advisor and other degree program faculty.|
|3a: Assessment Committee||Form a Comprehensive Assessment Committee.
|Determined by individual degree program.||Graduate Advisor or Program Chair.|
|3b: Thesis/ Dissertation||If your program requires a thesis/ dissertation, select an advisor and at least two thesis committee members. (This committee takes the place of the Comprehensive Assessment Committee).||Determined by individual degree program.||Graduate advisor or Program Chair.|
|4: Plan for Graduation||The official graduation dates are:
Marshall University observes two Commencement ceremonies.
Doctoral degree candidates are invested with the academic hood signifying the appropriate degree during the Commencement ceremony. Doctoral candidates may invite a major professor, advisor or dissertation committee chair to participate in the hooding. Master’s and Education Specialist candidates wear academic hoods with regalia during the ceremony.
|Before or at the beginning of your final semester.||Office of the Registrar|
|5: Apply for Graduation.||Application for Graduation.||Before or at the beginning of your final semester. For exact time see University Calendar||Graduate Advisor|
|6: Countdown to Commencement||Attend Countdown to Commencement for information about caps/gowns, announcements, rings etc.||November and March of each year. Announced by Registrar’s Office.||Office of the Registrar|
|7a: Comprehensive Examination||Submit your comprehensive examination approval. Comprehensive Assessment Evaluation Report
|Determined by individual degree program.||Graduate Advisor|
|7b: Defend Thesis/Dissertation||Defend your thesis/dissertation and submit approval.
ETD final submission form Upload your approved ETD to the ETD Administrator site.
|Determined by individual degree program.||Thesis/Dissertation committee.|