Completing your Graduate Degree can be a daunting experience. This guide is intended to prepare you for a successful journey, by laying out the requirements and resources available to meet these requirements. To start, please download and refer to one of our Graduate Degree flowcharts (also available in our office), which outline the journey you will take to earn a graduate degree at OSU.
Meeting the Required Deadlines
Graduate students must meet many deadlines to earn a degree. Some of the most important are scheduling meetings and exams, completing degree requirements and participating in commencement.
Assembling your Graduate Committee
A committee of Graduate Faculty members is established to guide your course work and research. It also serves as the final examining committee. Your major professor chairs committee meetings.
Scheduling Examinations and Formal Meetings
Information and deadlines for scheduling your formal meetings (i.e. program of study meetings, oral preliminary examinations and final examinations) with the Graduate School.
Writing a Thesis or Dissertation
This online guide provides essential information for proper formatting of your thesis, electronic submission, and what must be submitted to the Graduate School prior to taking your final exam.
Preparing for your Final Examination
All degrees require a final examination, which must be scheduled with the Graduate School. You must have completed all course work before this exam is taken.
Preparing to Complete Your Degree
To complete your degree, you might need to remove incomplete grades, make changes to your Program of Study, fulfill GPA requirements and other possible deficiencies. When you're ready for this step, make sure you're prepared.
After You Have Finished...
You should remember these important steps, including the Graduate School Exit Survey, Degree Certification, and Commencement.