|Timeframe (“Required” indicates a firm deadline)
|Apply for admission to a graduate degree program through the Graduate School.
|(Required) Deadlines vary depending upon the program; applicants should refer to the Admissions section in this bulletin for more information on the application process.
|Consult with an academic advisor in the major program.
|During registration and about two weeks later; thereafter, at least once each semester.
|Work with an academic advisor on your program of study in Degreeworks and submit program approval to the Graduate School
|(Required) The Graduate School must receive the approved program notification and any requested customization prior to completion of 50% of the minimum required hours for the program.
|Apply for Admission to Candidacy (if applicable), and submit the approval form to the Graduate School.
- Master’s and Specialist Thesis Programs: (Required) Admission to Candidacy must be approved prior to registering for Thesis hours (5999/6999).
- Other Master’s and Specialist Programs: Requirements for admission to candidacy vary by program; please see the program description in this bulletin for more information.
- Doctoral Programs: (Required) After satisfactory completion of the Qualifying Exam and Prospectus.
|For Thesis/Dissertation Students: Select thesis/dissertation committee. Present prospectus for approval. File committee and prospectus forms with the Graduate School.
|(Required) During the semester prior to the semester in which research/scholarship activity begins and no later than the semester prior to the one in which the thesis or dissertation is defended.
|Apply for Graduation through the Graduate School. Note: The Graduate School cannot clear for graduation students who do not have approved programs of study.
|(Required) By the graduation application deadline. Important note: Students who apply for graduation and are not enrolled will be automatically enrolled in one semester hour of coursework (as required by the State of North Carolina).
|For Thesis/Dissertation Students: Complete and defend thesis/dissertation.
|Strongly encouraged that defense occurs least 10 calendar days prior to the last class day of the final semester.
|For Thesis/Dissertation Students: Submit an unbound copy of the defended thesis/ dissertation to the Graduate School for review.
|(Required) At least 7 calendar days prior to the last class day of the final semester.
|For all students required to take comprehensive examinations and/or Product of Learning presentations: Submit the report of the successful completion.
|(Required) Received in the Graduate School at least 1 day before final exams begin in the final semester.
|For Thesis/Dissertation Students: Submission of final copies of the thesis or dissertation that have been revised to include all changes required by the program and the Graduate School.
|(Required) By the official date of graduation. Extensions may be requested up to the day before the next term begins. Delays beyond this point will result in a delay of graduation.
|Students with incomplete work: Submission of work for any courses in which a grade of incomplete remains.
|(Required) No later than 1 day before the first class day of the next term. Delays beyond this point will result in a delay of graduation.