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Office of Graduate Education Covid-19 Related Information

The University of Wyoming is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus and endeavoring to ensure the safety and health of its students, faculty and staff.  Please see UW’s Covid-19 website for the latest information on the university’s response:

UW’s Office of Graduate Education is committed to supporting graduate students during this complex time.

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Remote Meetings, Defenses and Exams
Submission of Graduate Forms and Signatures
Graduate Defense Deadline For Spring 2020 Graduation Extended Until May 21
Graduate Classes and Instructional Continuity
Graduate Application Deadlines Extended for Many of UW's Graduate Programs
International Graduate Students
International Graduate Student Applicants & English Proficiency
Office of Graduate Education Student Travel Funding
Working with the Office of Graduate Education

Remote Meetings, Defenses and Exams

Effective immediately, for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, all graduate committee functions including advisor-student meetings, advisor-committee meetings, prospectus presentations/defenses, qualifying and preliminary exams, and thesis/dissertation defenses should be conducted remotely via available services such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, etc.  Although still allowed, in-person meetings/exams/defenses are strongly discouraged and are not allowed if any single necessary participant requests remote participation.

Public announcement requirement. (Update 8/4/20) Continuing from Spring 2020, the public portion requirment waiver will be in place through Fall 2020. However, students and committees are strongly encouraged to have a public component to defenses via remote technologies.

Submission of Graduate Forms and Signatures

Effectively immediately for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, all graduate forms ( must be submitted electronically.  The Office of the Registrar is endeavoring to implement fillable Acrobat PDF versions of the graduate forms, and these and instructions for their use will be made available as quickly as possible.  Until then, all graduate forms should be completed by the originator and emailed to the next step in the signature chain.  Students and advisors should monitor the progress of the forms as they pass through the signature chain to ensure that forms are processed as quickly as possible.

Example: Graduate Committee Assignment Form (, the student will fill out all possible fields in the PDF file before emailing the form to the committee chair who will be responsible for collecting all committee members’ signatures.  Except in rare circumstances, all signatures should be collected electronically.  Once all members’ signatures are collected, the committee chair will then electronically deliver the form to the Department/Program Head for signature, and the Department Head will then email the signed form to the Dean (or designee).  The Dean (or designee) should then email the completed form to for review by the AVP for Graduate Education.  (Please note that some forms follow different signature authority chains than the example given here.)

Paper graduate forms that were in-process prior to March 19, 2020 will be processed as usual. 

Graduate Defense Deadline for Spring 2020 Graduation Extended Until May 21

In recognition of the disruption to graduate students’ lives caused by the coronavirus pandemic, UW has extended the last date to defend for Spring 2020 graduate defenses from May 4th until May 21st.  Students intending to graduate at the end of the spring semester, will now have until this extended deadline to defend their Plan B project, thesis or dissertation and still be eligible for May 2020 graduation.  Following from this extended deadline, the last day to submit final paperwork is May 26th.  Students should consult with their advisors as soon as possible regarding scheduling their defenses, if they have not done so already.  (Added 4/15/20)

The graduate defence deadline of July 31 will not be extended for Summer 2020 nor for Fall 2020. Requests for defense date extensitions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact (Updated 8/4/20)

Graduate Classes and AY 2020-2021

The University of Wyoming plans to offer on-campus education for graduate students during Fall 2020. Please see the UW campus return website for additional information. Students are encouraged to contact their department for specific details regarding thier own program. (Updated 8/4/20)

Archived Spring 2020 Information

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

UW is committed to its current and incoming graduate students who have been offered Graduate Assistantship or Graduate Fellowship funding from AY 2020-2021. Most graduate assistantship duties require an on-campus presence. Students should contact their department for further information. (Updated 8/4/20)

Graduate Assistant Hiring and Termination During the Ongoing Pandemic

Archived Spring  2020 Information


Graduate Application Deadlines Extended for Many of UW's Graduate Programs

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many peoples’ lives, and many are facing uncertain futures.  Graduating seniors, including many of UW’s own, have been looking forward to job prospects that have now evaporated.  Others, whose jobs seemed stable, now find themselves unemployed.  UW has an essential role in helping these people find paths forward.  Some of these folks are or will be looking towards graduate or professional programs to help them find new opportunities, only to find that most of the admissions deadlines have already passed.  Therefore, many of UW’s graduate programs have extended their application deadlines to the summer.  If you are interested in graduate or professional study, please contact graduate programs to inquire about application deadline extensions.  For a complete list of UW’s graduate and professional degree programs, please see:  (added 4/15/20)

International Graduate Students

UW is committed to its international graduate students and to helping them continue to make regular progress on their degrees. Given travel and immigration restrictions, we understand that some international graduate students will not be able to be on campus for part or all of the Fall 2020 semester. The Office of Graduate Education, the UW International Students & Scholars Office and the students' programs are committed to help all of our international students continue to work towards their degrees, including our incoming students.

Many Fall 2020 graduate classes will be available online for students unable to be on-campus. Students should contact their program about specifics.

In order to help international graduate assistants who are unable to arrive on campus and be hired as graduate assistants, UW has implemented the Graduate Tuition and Fees Fellowship program. Click here for more information about the Graduate Tuition and Fees Fellowship Program.

For more information regarding immigration, visas and SEVIS status please consult the International Students and Scholars Office.

Information for incoming international students.

Information for continuing international students.

International Graduate Student Applicants & English Proficiency 

Effective immediately for Summer and Fall 2020 graduate admissions:

Given current difficulties graduate applicants are facing with taking TOEFL and IELTS exams, international graduate student applicants may submit Duolingo English proficiency exam results in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS results.

A Duolingo score of 110 or higher is required to meet the English proficiency for UW graduate admissions. 

The Duolingo English exam is available at:

Some crucial information regarding the Duolingo test:

When an applicant selects to take the exam, they will be asked to create a Duolingo account.  Once logged in, they are prompted to take a practice test, which is highly recommended.  Following the practice test, they are asked to buy the test ($49). There will be two options: buy it and take it immediately or buy it and take it later.  We recommend that applicants read the FAQ and Duolingo test rules and requirements:  Test takers are strongly advised to follow the test rules exactly. 
(Added 3/20/20)

Office of Graduate Education Travel Funding

The Office of Graduate Education has suspended its Graduate Travel Awards program until further notice.

Archived Spring 2020 Information

Working with the Office of Graduate Education

Until further notice, Office of Graduate Education personnel will only meet in-person with students, faculty or staff under extraordinary circumstances (e.g., if an online or over-phone meeting is not possible and the meeting is deemed essential by the Office of Graduate Education).  Nevertheless, the Office of Graduate Education is committed to supporting graduate students, faculty and staff during the Covid-19 pandemic and will endeavor to be responsive to all student, faculty and staff inquiries.  Please contact us via email ( or phone (+1-307-766-4286). 

As needed, further information will be posted here.
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