MAEE Timeline to Graduation

This resource is informed by the Graduate Handbook, and Certification 09-09, and our TESOL Certificate and is designed as a practical guide to successfully navigating your graduate studies towards your future career goals.

Here’s a list of important dates & deadlines established by the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS).

 

Timeline to Graduation

  1. First Semester
    1. Forms: Letter for validating courses, TESOL Certificate Application form
    2. Recommended courses: Research Methods, deficiencies (if applicable), core courses, electives.
    3. Actions: Get to know the faculty and their research areas and start thinking about thesis or comprehensive exam.
  2. Second Semester
    1. Forms: Letter for validating courses, Plan of Study.
    2. Recommended courses: deficiencies (if applicable), core and elective courses, Thesis or Independent Research.
    3. Actions: Assemble your thesis/comprehensive exam committee (see resource).
  3. Third Semester
    1. Forms: Comprehensive Exam Form or Thesis proposal (recommended), Apply for graduation (optional)
    2. Recommended courses: Core and Elective courses, Thesis or Independent Research.
    3. Actions: You should be writing and/or studying for Comprehensive Exam.
  4. Fourth Semester
    1. Forms: Thesis Defense Form, , Apply for graduation (optional)
    2. Recommended courses: Thesis, other courses (if necessary).
    3. Actions: Schedule a date and time for your thesis defense or comprehensive exams. Work with your committee towards a defense draft of your thesis.
  5. Fifth Semester and beyond
    1. Forms: Thesis Defense Form, GTAship extension form
    2. Recommended courses: Thesis, or INTD 6015: Comprehensive Exam, other courses (if necessary).
    3. Actions: Schedule a date and time for your thesis defense or comprehensive exams. Work with your committee towards a defense draft of your thesis.
  6. How long is too long?
    1. Certification 09-09. (TL;DR : 6 years)
    2. Tuition exemption ends after 3 years. Assistantships cannot be extended beyond 6 semesters (but you can add one more year with external funding)
    3. Things we’d rather you didn’t need: suspension, probation, readmission, second admission

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