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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Student Checklist


There may be additional steps for individual students in particular programs; for these, consult the program description and the academic unit (college, department or program) offering the degree program.

☐ = Action initiated by student (as indicated below)
◊ = Action initiated by the University

Admission to Graduate Standing: Conditionally Classified

☐ Apply for admission and declare objective(s), using precise codes on the application form.

◊ Receive application acknowledgement from the Admissions Office.

☐ Request official transcripts of all previous college-level coursework attempted be sent to Admissions Office.

☐ Take tests, if required by program, and order test scores sent to Cal State Fullerton, designating appropriate academic unit on the test registration form.

☐ Provide the departmental graduate program adviser with any other supporting statements or materials, as required.

◊ Recommendation for admission made by departmental graduate program adviser to Admissions Office.

◊ Receive notification of admission from Admissions Office.

☐ Make an appointment with the graduate program adviser to discuss your academic program. Advisers for each department are listed on the Graduate Studies Office website.

Graduate Standing: Classified

☐ Complete any course prerequisites and/or remove deficiencies.

☐ Apply for classified standing (submit a Study Plan) in the academic department offering the particular program prior to completion of 13 units of Study Plan coursework.

☐ Consult departmental graduate program adviser for advisement, including development of official Study Plan.

☐ Provide appropriate academic unit with any other supporting statements or materials, as shown in program descriptions in this catalog.

☐ Take tests if required by program, and order test scores sent to Cal State Fullerton, designating appropriate academic unit on the test registration form.

◊ Recommendation for classified standing made by graduate program adviser by sending the signed Study Plan to the Graduate Studies Office.

◊ Notification of classified standing granted is sent to the student from Graduate Studies along with a copy of the approved Study Plan.

Completion of Requirements

☐ Apply for graduation prior to the beginning of the final semester. Specific deadlines are posted on the Graduate Studies website. Application for graduation check is completed online via your Titan Online Student Center. A graduation and diploma fee is required.

☐ Maintain Continuous Enrollment. The Study Plan is valid only as long as a graduate student maintains continuous enrollment in both the fall and spring semesters (and summer for Ed.D.) until all requirements are completed. Otherwise, it will be necessary to reapply to the University and meet any additional requirements approved in the interim. If you have completed all coursework on the Study Plan but have not satisfactorily completed a project, thesis, dissertation or comprehensive examination or other requirements, you MUST register and pay fees for Graduate Studies 700, which carries no credit.

☐ Consult the departmental graduate program adviser to confirm final requirements for the degree.

☐ Complete written and/or oral examination, if required. Complete dissertation, thesis or project, if applicable.

☐ Obtain committee approval for dissertation, thesis, project or results of comprehensive exam(s).

☐ If applicable, submit dissertation or thesis or doctoral project to University Thesis/Dissertation reader by deadlines on the Graduate Studies website.

◊ Thesis/Dissertation reader signs “Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form.”

◊ Final, approved Study Plan, with recommendation, sent by the department graduate program adviser to the Graduate Studies Office.

◊ A copy of the Grad Check Review Form is sent to the student showing the adviser’s recommendation.

◊ Preliminary audit is completed by Graduate Studies Office staff. The student’s Study Plan is checked for pending grades, and completion of any other requirements.

☐ Complete the submission process of the thesis or dissertation or doctoral project with “Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form” for binding, microfilming and publication.

☐ Complete all general and specific requirements, other than final course examinations, by the last day of classes, in order to assure granting of the degree by the end of the semester.

◊ Final verification of completion of requirements sent by the Graduate Studies Office staff to the registrar.


☐ Check procedures online for participating in commencement at

☐ Make appropriate arrangements for cap, gown and hood rental in the campus bookstore.

◊ Commencement information sent by the College Dean’s office.