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MS Timeline

11 Kiwi irisSummary of Timeline for M.S. Candidates

First Semester

  • Initial registration

Second Semester

  • Plan of Study, with selected advisory committee, approved and filed by end of semester.
  • Research Proposal approved and filed by end of semester.

Middle Semesters

Final Semester

  • All course work on Plan of Study completed and incomplete grades cleared.
  • Complete draft of thesis with approval of major advisor.
  • Visit with all committee members to select appropriate time for final examination.
  • Request final examination by having major advisor file request at Graduate School at least two weeks before intended examination date and by student meeting with graduate office to verify that all requirements have been met.
  • Provide draft of thesis to each committee member at least seven days prior to examination. Following successful examination, correct thesis with suggestions of committee, have all committee members sign thesis approval form, submit draft of thesis to Graduate School.
  • Schedule and present final exit seminar.
  • Follow Graduate School guidelines after receiving final approval of thesis from Dean of Graduate Studies. Consult the Checklist for Thesis found at https://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/current_students/graduation.
  • Attend commencement (Optional).
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