Graduate Student Resources

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M.A. Criteria for Good Standing 

Ph.D. Criteria for Good Standing 

Graduate Program Timelines 

Annual Evaluation Forms 

     Ph.D. (.doc) (.pdf) 

     M.A. (.doc) (.pdf

Graduate Outcomes Assessment (GOA) Plan & Policies 

Forms for GOA 

Preparing for the Ph.D. Comprehensive Examinations--A Guide 

Policies for Graduate Student Travel--see Department Policies and Procedures Manual

M.A. Procedures and Paperwork Guide (.doc) (.pdf)

UM Graduate School Twitter page: @UMDGradSchool

Graduate Degree Handbooks




Good Standing/Satisfactory Progress Towards Degree

M.A. Criteria for Good Standing

  • Maintaining minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Filing approved Plan of Study by semester of 6th credit (first semester for full-time students).
  • Submitting all work specified within an incomplete contract by end of the semester following the awarded incomplete unless otherwise specified in the incomplete contract.
  • Not found responsible for breaching ethical principles of scholarship (e.g., violations of academic integrity and/or intellectual property rights or non-compliance of protocols for protection of human subjects.
  • See M.A. Handbook for Procedures for Good Standing/Satisfactory Progress Review.

 

Ph.D. Criteria for Good Standing

For Students Entering Ph.D. Program with B.A./B.S. Degree

  • Maintaining minimum of 3.0 GPA and B or better (including B-) for courses that are required.
  • Filing approved Plan of Study by semester of 12th credit (second semester for full-time students).
  • Submitting all work specified within an incomplete contract by end of the semester following the awarded incomplete unless otherwise specified in the incomplete contract.
  • Finalizing course work by the end of the 5th semester is encouraged; finalizing course work by the end of the 6th semester is required.
  • Taking the Comprehensive Examination by the semester following completion of course work in approved Plan of Study; Passing Comprehensive Examination by second semester following completion of coursework in approved Plan of Study.
  • Defending a dissertation prospectus by the second semester following completion of the Comprehensive Examination.
  • Passing the Dissertation Examination within four years following Advancing to Candidacy and nine years following matriculation.
  • No judgment of breaching ethical principles of scholarship (e.g., violations of academic integrity and/or intellectual property rights or non-compliance of protocols for protection of human subjects.)
  • See Ph.D. Handbook for Procedures for Good Standing/Satisfactory Progress Review.

For Students Entering Ph.D. Program with M.A. Degree

  • Maintaining minimum of 3.0 GPA and B or better (including B-) for courses that are required.
  • Filing approved Plan of Study by semester of 6th credit (first semester for full-time students).
  • Submitting all work specified within an incomplete contract by end of the semester following the awarded incomplete unless otherwise specified in the incomplete contract. Finalizing course work by the end of the 3rd semester is encouraged; finalizing course work by the end of the 5th semester is required.
  • Taking the Comprehensive Examination by the semester following completion of course work in approved Plan of Study; Passing Comprehensive Examination by second semester following completion of coursework in approved Plan of Study.
  • Defending a dissertation prospectus by the second semester following completion of the Comprehensive Examination.
  • Passing the Dissertation Examination within four years following Advancing to Candidacy and nine years following matriculation.
  • No judgment of breaching ethical principles of scholarship (e.g., violations of academic integrity and/or intellectual property rights or non-compliance of protocols for protection of human subjects.)
  • See Ph.D. Handbook for Procedures for Good Standing/Satisfactory Progress Review.

 

Timelines

These timelines contain both department and graduate school deadlines. Completing appropriate paperwork by these times is necessary to maintain satisfactory progress and graduate as scheduled.




Ph.D. Degree

 

DATE/DEADLINE ACTION DUE FORM

For students entering Ph.D. Program with BA/BS: Semester of 12th credit (Second semester for full-time students)

For students entering Ph.D. Program with MA: Semester of 6th credit (First semester for full-time students)

Approval of Advisor and Advisory Committee

Request for Appointment of Program Advisor and Advisory Committee (Department form list)

For students entering Ph.D. Program with BA/BS: Semester of 12th credit (Second semester for full-time students)

For students entering Ph.D. Program with MA: Semester of 6th credit (First semester for full-time students)

Approval of Plan of Study

Plan of Study and Approval (Department form list)

Anytime

Change in Plan of Study

Request for Change in Plan of Study (Department form list)

Final semester of coursework in Plan of Study

Approval of Plan for Comprehensive Examination

Plan for Comprehensive Examination (Department form list)

2nd through 4th Weeks of Fall and Spring Semesters

Must complete Comprehensive Examination by 2nd semester following completion of coursework in Plan of Study to maintain satisfactory progress

Written Portion of Comprehensive

Examination (12 hours total)

Place copy of written answers in graduate file

Fridays of 7th, 8th, and 9th weeks of fall and spring semesters reserved for Graduate Student  Committee meetings

Oral Portion of Comprehensive Examination

(2 hours)

Following Oral:  Report of Advisory Committee on Comprehensive Examination (Department form list)

After passing Comprehensive Examination

Admission to Candidacy must occur within 5 years of admission into program and no later than 6 weeks prior to dissertation defense

Application for Admission to Candidacy

Application for Admission to Candidacy (Graduate School form list)

At least 6 weeks before anticipated defense

Approval of Dissertation Advisor and Examining Committee

Request for Appointment of Dissertation Advisor and Dissertation Prospectus Committee (Department form list)

AND

Nomination of Thesis or Dissertation Committee (Graduate School form list)

No earlier than 2 weeks after submitting  prospectus to Dissertation Prospectus Committee.

Scheduled at discretion of student and committee but must be confined to fall and spring semesters

Prospectus Meeting

Following Prospectus Meeting: Report of Dissertation Prospectus Committee on Dissertation Prospectus Meeting (Department form list)

Announcement must be circulated no later than 5 days prior to scheduled defense and no earlier than 2 weeks after submitting dissertation to Examining Committee

Announcement of Dissertation Defense

Sample copy of announcement (Department form list)

Approximately 2nd week of semester student plans to graduate

Consult Graduate School for deadline

Application for Graduation

Application for Graduation (Graduate School form list)

Typically 3 weeks prior to Commencement

Consult Graduate School for deadline

Submit Dissertation Electronically to Registrar

Directions for electronic submission (Graduate School form list)

Typically 3 weeks prior to Commencement

Consult Graduate School page for deadline

Approval of Dissertation sent to Graduate School by Advisor

Report of Dissertation Examining Committee to Registrar (Graduate School form list)