Graduate School Deadlines

 

 

All deadlines are strictly enforced (Missed deadlines will result in a deferral of graduation)

All  documents should be submitted to the  Graduate School in McCain Library, Room 211

 SPRING 2018 SUMMER 2018* FALL 2018 
CITI (INTEGRITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM) MODULE and the ACADEMIC INTEGRITY TRAINING MODULE   

Last day to submit CITI Completion Report to the Degree Auditor in the Graduate School. Students who have not submitted the CITI Completion Report will not be able to register for future classes until the report has been submitted.

Academic Integrity Training (https://www.usm.edu/provost/students-guide-academic-integrity)


Before the start of registration for the next academic semester
Before the start of registration for the next academic semester
Before the start of registration for the next academic semester
TRANSFER CREDIT APPROVAL FORM (completed by the academic department)   
A student who would like to transfer a course from another institution must provide an official transcript to the department and request approval. The Transfer Credit Approval Form may be submitted to the Graduate School at any time but no later than when submitting the application for graduation.May submit anytime but no later than when submitting the application for graduationMay submit anytime but no later than when submitting the application for graduationMay submit anytime but no later than when submitting the application for graduation
COURSE RETAKE FORM   
Course Retake Form should be submitted to the Degree Auditor before the end of the semester the course is retaken.Before the end of the
semester the course is
retaken
Before the end of the
semester the course is
retaken
Before the end of the
semester the course is
retaken
CHANGE OF STATUS FORM DUE TO CONDITIONAL ADMIT STATUS   
Change of Status Form (if applicable, moving conditional admit status to regular admit status) if student earned adequate GPA on 9 hours of graduate coursework.

GPA greater than or equal to a 3.0 for master's
GPA greater than or equal to a 3.0 for specialist
GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 for doctoral

Immediately after 1st semester grades are posted; registration in future terms unable until the change of status paperwork has been submittedImmediately after 1st semester grades are posted; registration in future terms unable until the change of status paperwork has been submittedImmediately after 1st semester grades are posted; registration in future terms unable until the change of status paperwork has been submitted
CHANGE OF STATUS FORM DUE TO EMPHASIS CHANGE (if applicable)   
 Change of Status Form (if applicable, changing a students emphasis area).Prior to completing the Application for Degree for graduationPrior to completing the Application for Degree for graduationPrior to completing the Application for Degree for graduation
GRADUATE COMMITTEE REQUEST FORM    
The graduate committee should be formed early in the degree program. As soon as the committee is formed, the Graduate Committee Request Form should be submitted to the Graduate School Degree Auditor. The Graduate Committee Request Form must pre-date the proposal/prospectus defense.

Any changes to the committee will require a new Graduate Committee Request Form to be submitted to the Graduate School (prior to the proposal/prospectus defense).
As soon as the committee is formed As soon as the committee is formed As soon as the committee is formed 
THESIS, DISSERTATION, NURSING CAPSTONE PROPOSAL FORM    
Upon selection of a research topic and approval by the committee, the student should submit the Thesis, Dissertation, Nursing Capstone Proposal Form to the Graduate School Degree Auditor. 
At least one (1)
full semester before
final defense
 
At least one (1)
full semester before
final defense
 
At least one (1)
full semester before
final defense
 
COMPREHENSIVE EXAM RESULTS FORM (FOR THESIS MASTER'S, THESIS SPECIALIST, AND DOCTORAL STUDENTS WITH SEPARATE COMPREHENSIVE EXAM AND DEFENSE)    
Last day to submit comprehensive exam results form for students completing a thesis, dissertation, or nursing capstone project to the Degree Auditor in the Graduate School. (For master's and specialist programs with a single comprehensive exam/defense, see below.)
At least one (1)
full semester before
final defense
 
At least one (1)
full semester before
final defense
 
At least one (1)
full semester before
final defense
 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM RESULTS FORM (FOR NON-THESIS MASTER'S AND THESIS MASTER'S AND SPECIALIST STUDENTS WITH A SINGLE COMPREHENSIVE EXAM/DEFENSE

   
Last day to submit comprehensive exam results form for master's and specialist's students to the Degree Auditor in the Graduate School. 
Monday of
Final Exam Week of
graduating term
Monday of
Final Exam Week of
graduating term
Monday of
Final Exam Week of
graduating term
APPLICATION FOR DEGREE (Must be completed one semester prior to the planned graduation term)    
Student completes the Application for Degree via their SOAR Self-Service account. The signed degree application and payment receipt should be submitted to the Degree Auditor in the Graduate School. Any student entering prior to Fall 2017 will need to submit a copy of their updated Plan of Study.  

Student must also complete the Exit Survey via their SOAR Self Service account. Doctoral students will need to complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates.
 
Please note: A late fee will be assessed if the Application for Degree is submitted after the published deadline as set by the Registrar's Office.
November 1, 2017
 
April 1, 2018
 
July 1, 2018
 
COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM FORM (DOCTORAL STUDENTS ONLY) -  Commencement Form deadlines are subject to change due to University Communication deadlines    
The information contained in the Commencement Program Form will be used to communicate doctoral candidate details to the Office of University Communications for inclusion in the official Commencement Program. 
February 23, 2018
June 15, 2018
September 21, 2018
GRADUATION DEFERMENT FORM   

Last day to submit the Graduation Deferment Form to the Degree Auditor (along with the receipt reflecting payment of the deferment fee*) if the student does not complete requirements for graduation as planned. 

 

*The first deferral fee is waived. 

 March 21, 2018 June 15, 2018 October 12, 2018
RESULTS OF ORAL DEFENSE OF THESIS, DISSERTATION, OR NURSING CAPSTONE FORM    
Last day to submit the Results of Oral Defense of Thesis, Dissertation, Nursing Capstone Project Form to the Graduate Degree Auditor in the Graduate School (Nursing Capstones use dissertation form). 
March 21, 2018
 
June 15, 2018
 
October 12, 2018
 
SIGNED TITLE PAGE    
Following a successful defense, the student should submit one copy of the signed title page (minus the Dean of the Graduate School's signature) to the Documents Specialist.  The signed title page can be emailed to documentspecialist@usm.edu.  If the academic unit requires a bound copy of the document, the student will be required to provide an original, signed title page on 100% white cotton paper to the Documents Specialist in the Graduate School. 
March 21, 2018
 
June 15, 2018
 
October 12, 2018
 
TURNITIN ORIGINALITY REPORT    
Last day for the academic department chair and/or major professor to submit the certification of originality of thesis/dissertation/nursing capstone using Turnitin assessment.  Students should verify with the academic unit that the originality report has been submitted via email to the Documents Specialist prior to this deadline. 
March 28, 2018
 
June 22, 2018
 
October 19, 2018
 
FIRST SUBMISSION OF INITIAL THESIS, DISSERTATION OR NURSING CAPSTONE PROJECT    
Last day for students to submit the first copy of their thesis, dissertation, or nursing capstone project to the Documents Specialist via Aquila. The document should be polished for grammar, content, and formatted in the appropriate template model. At this time there should not be any changes to content, grammar, style, etc. unless directed by the Documents Specialist to do so. 
March 28, 2018
 
June 22, 2018
 
October 19, 2018
 
FINAL APPROVED THESIS, DISSERTATION OR NURSING CAPSTONE PROJECT & COMPLETION OF CHECKLIST ITEMS    
Last day to submit the final approved copy of thesis, dissertation, or nursing capstone project to the Documents Specialist via Aquila.

Last day for student to verify completion of Checklist items.
 
 April 30, 2018
 
July 25, 2018
 
November 28, 2018
 
*August graduates participate in the December Commencement ceremony.    
 

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