Program of Study, Candidacy, Application for a Degree
Program of Study
Students seeking Master's Degrees, Educational Specialist Certificates, Family Centered Practice Certificates, or undertaking the Fifth Year Program in Teacher Education must submit a initial Program of Study form to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research during the first year of enrollment. Students enrolled in graduate programs which can be completed in less than two years are expected to submit the initial Program of Study by the end of the first semester of enrollment. A final program of study must be submitted during the semester immediately preceding the semester in which they intend to graduate. The final Program of Study form will list all requirements that must be completed in order to receive the degree or certificate.
If the requirements for the degree or certificate being sought change during a student's program, the student is entitled to follow those requirements in effect at the time of admission, or the student may elect to follow the new requirements.
Candidacy for Doctoral Degrees
Admission to candidacy for doctoral degrees occurs only after the student has passed a preliminary examination which is usually administered early in the program, or when substantially all coursework has been completed.
Students seeking doctoral degrees must submit a final Program of Study form to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research upon completion of examinations, but no later than the semester immediately preceding the semester in which they intend to graduate. The final Program of Study form will list all requirements that must be completed in order to receive the doctoral degree.
Graduate Student Participation in Classified or Proprietary Research
The Graduate Council affirms the policy regarding the participation of graduate students in classified or proprietary research as it is stated in the Idaho State University Patent Policy. "Idaho State University shall make only agreements with third parties which will not inhibit a student's timely completion of a course of study or degree." This shall be interpreted to mean that students must not be delayed in their program of study up to and including the award of the degree and that placement of the finished thesis or dissertation in the library for public access may not be delayed longer than six months.
Graduate student I.D. cards serve as permission to use the Library. Graduate students attempting to finish degree requirements, but who are not enrolled in courses and therefore do not hold a current student I.D., may obtain authorization to use the Library from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
Application For a Degree
Within the first two weeks of the semester or summer session in which the student expects to complete work for the degree, an application for graduation must be filed in the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. An application and diploma fee of $20 must be paid at this time in the Office of Registration and Records. If the student does not complete requirements during this semester or summer session, an updated application must be submitted for the subsequent semester and the $20 fee paid again in the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
Degree applicants must submit all official transcripts before applying for a degree. Official transcripts to be used for transfer of credits into a degree program must be received before the application for a degree will be approved.
Applications for degrees will not be approved without the prior approval of a final Program of Study form.