Students

These instructions have been modified for the Spring 2020 quarter.

Master's Program Graduation Requirements

Generally, students complete a non-thesis master’s degree. Completing a thesis can be an option with approval early on with your adviser. The following information is a summary of requirements that need to be met upon graduation.

International students: In addition, refer to the Graduation: Final Year Checklist from International Student Services for additional requirements.

# What When
1 Confirm with faculty and academic advisers that you will meet academic and research/project requirements. Prior to your final quarter in the program.
2 Submit your master’s degree request using MyGradProgram. During the quarter you plan to graduate (deadline is the Friday prior to the final week of the quarter).
3 Consult with your faculty adviser to select at least one other MSE faculty member, scientist or postdoc for your final project committee. The sooner the better.
4 Secure a date and time that works for the committee for final presentation and schedule a Zoom session for your presentation.  Any time between the first and last day of the quarter. Do not delay in scheduling this exam. Faculty schedules fill up quickly, especially toward the end of the quarter.
5 Consult with your faculty advisor about inviting additional attendees to attend your presentation. Then send them the Zoom link information. The sooner the better.
6 Complete final project paper, following the AMP Final Paper template. This paper will be the basis for the presentation.

Note: The MS thesis master's paper written to fulfill a thesis option will be much longer and follow a different format. See additional steps below.

Must be emailed to the committee at least 1 week prior to the presentation.
7 Plan for your presentation which should last approximately 30 minutes and  an additional 15 minutes for Q&A. At least 2 weeks before your presentation.
8 Notify Graduate Program Advisor of your exam date. She will follow up with your committee after your exam to ensure their degree approval.  At least 1 week prior to your presentation. 
Additional requirements for thesis master’s degree
9 Complete minimum of 9 MSE 700 credits. Upon graduation
10 Consult with faculty adviser regarding your thesis expectations. Set up your thesis committee. The sooner the better.
11 Review Final Submission of Your Thesis for formatting and submission instructions. The sooner the better.
12 Have your committee complete the Thesis Approval Form.  
13 Submit thesis and the Thesis Approval Form electronically. June 26 by 11:59 p.m. Plan at least a half hour for the submission process. (Please note: the deadline for thesis submission is usually the last day of the quarter; the Graduate School has made an exception for the Spring 2020 quarter.)