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Progress to Degree

Master’s and Doctoral students must achieve a number of milestones on their way to the degree.  In addition to completing all required coursework and any departmental requirements, Master’s students are also required to complete a thesis, Master’s exam, or both.  Doctoral students must complete their Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship requirement, the comprehensive and final oral exams, and the dissertation.

The student’s progress to degree is sometimes interrupted or delayed, requiring Leaves of Absence or Time Limit Extensions.  Sometimes, a student must be placed on probation to ensure that minimum academic standards are maintained.

Degree completion, hooding ceremonies, and Commencement are the final stages of graduate education.  

COGA supports each of these processes by advising departments and students on University policy, ensuring that milestones and degree completion are recorded in the student record, working with departments to balance timely progress with the needs of individual students, and helping to organize the celebrations that mark students’ achievement.  

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