Graduate Student Resources

Comprehensive Exam Information 

Comprehensive Exams Guidelines

Comprehensive Exam Syllabus (EC 691)

Comprehensive Final Proposal (Comprehensive Exam)  


Application for Advancement to Candidacy and Graduation

Request for Program Variation or Waiver (When changing courses or committee members after completing Advancement to Candidacy)

Addendum to Advacement to Candidacy - When changing Culminating Experience (e.g. from a thesis to a comprehensive exam)

Graduation Date Change Request




-         Aug. 18 - Graduate Studies student orientation

-         Aug. 19 - E&C program student orientation

-         Aug. 22 – Deadline to withdraw from fall semester and receive a full refund of fees, less $27 administrative charge

September 6

  •  Deadline: last day to add, drop, or withdraw without approval of a serious and compelling reason
  •  Deadline to register for EC 693 without a late fee (must meet eligibility requirements).
  •  Deadline to file Application for Advancement to Candidacy & Graduation (master's degree) for Spring 2022 without a late fee.

     § All students who will be gathering personal information about living humans in the course of research for their thesis or project are required to complete the approval process for using human subjects in research prior to advancement to candidacy.

  • Deadline to file for an Educational Leave for the semester
  • Oct. 31 - Planning to graduate this semester? By end of October, submit thesis/project draft to full committee (with approval of chair). 

         Have you made any changes to your thesis committee or course list since you submitted your Advancement to Candidacy paperwork? Submit a Request for Program Variation or Waiver.

  • Nov. 8-19 – Early registration for spring 2022
  • Nov. 29 - Deadline to submit for a courtesy thesis format review
  •  Late November – Planning to graduate this semester? Oral defense in late November, followed by final revisions (if necessary).
  •  Late November through Dec. 17 – Not going to graduate this semester as originally planned? Submit a Graduation Date Change Request to avoid a late fee.

-         Dec. 13 – Final thesis/project submission deadline

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