Note: The process are exactly the same for both on-campus and off-campus students. For a list of forms, see the Forms, Petitions, and Guidelines page.
Step 1: By the end of your second semester of your graduate work, you should have a Program of Study and a Committee on file with the Office of the Registrar. If at any time you need to make a change to your approved program of study, please submit the Request for Change in Graduate Program.
Step 2: For doctoral students only, the preliminary examination is taken after the committee and program of study are approved an on file with the Office of the Registrar. Your committee will notify you when you are ready for this examination. Following the examination, the Report of Preliminary Examination for the Ph.D. or Ed.D. Degree must be filed with the Office of the Registrar whether or not you pass or fail.
Step 3: If your research involves human subjects, you must consult with the Office of Research and Economic Development. A copy of the approval letter for Human and Animal Subject Approval forms must be included in the appendices of your thesis/dissertation.