The Request to Change Master's Programs Form is initiated by the student when changing to a new Master's program (or a concentration/specialization), or to change from a doctoral program to a Master's program. Applicants must meet with both the new and old graduate advisors (if applicable) to obtain permission.
After the student has met with the new and old advisors (if applicable) then the completed form is submitted to Graduate Affairs for processing.
Please check your WebPortal for updates to your student records.
Master's thesis committees are expected to include a thesis chair, second member from within the graduate program, and a third member from outside the home department. Additional members can be included with permission of the thesis chair and graduate advisor. All committee members should be tenure-track or tenured SDSU faculty. Exceptions (for committee member who are not SDSU faculty) can be petitioned. When you are ready to officially appoint a committee, visit Graduate Affairs in Student Services East 1410 to pick up the forms.
Students are only able to obtain and officially file an Appointment of Thesis Committee/Project Form, listing the names of people who will serve on the thesis committee, after they have been Advanced to Candidacy. This is a restricted form and may be mailed upon request or picked up by students in the Graduate Division. This form must be approved by the Graduate Division before students will be allowed to enroll in Thesis 799A.
Formatting guidelines can be found on the Dissertation & Thesis Review website.
Students who wish to enroll in Thesis 799A must first have an approved Thesis Committee
Form on file with Graduate Affairs. Once this form is processed and approved, students
may request a schedule number and an add code from Graduate Affairs in order to enroll
in Thesis 799A.
Students requiring additional time to finish their theses must enroll in 799B Thesis Extension, either through main campus or through the College of Extended Studies. Please refer to Part Four of the Graduate Bulletin for more information on thesis and thesis extension courses.
All requirements for advanced certificates and master's degrees coursework entailing 30 units must be completed within six consecutive calendar years after initial registration. All requirements for master's and joint master's degrees entailing more than 36 units must be completed within seven consecutive calendar years after initial registration.
A student in the sixth (or seventh) academic year of graduate study may appeal to the Graduate Assistant Dean for a one-year time limit extension, with approval from the Graduate Advisor. If approved, all degree requirements must be completed the following academic year and a second extension will not be considered.
Graduate students who are not able to maintain a post-baccalaureate cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher are academically disqualified from the university. Academically disqualified students are not allowed to take classes at SDSU or participate in graduate programs for one semester. After that time, they may apply for readmission. If there are serious and compelling extenuating circumstances beyond the student's control, the student may petition for immediate reinstatement. The petition is completed in conjunction with the graduate advisor. It must include a reasonable plan to immediately raise the post-baccalaureate cumulative GPA, and to complete all degree requirements in a reasonable time frame.
Students who have been academically disqualified for more than 1 semester and want to continue with their program must complete the Petition for Readmission and Reinstatement After Disqualification. Before submitting this form, the student should first reapply to the university during the application filing period. Once the application has been completed and submitted, the student must submit this petition to the Graduate Admissions Office for review. The application will not be released electronically to the program for review unless the Readmission petition is approved.
This petition must be completed in conjunction with the graduate advisor. The student and advisor must agree on coursework and grade plan that will avoid another disqualification. The minimum Program of Study GPA, "300+1" GPA, and all other degree requirements should be attainable in a reasonable time frame.
After the University Schedule Adjustment deadline, students are expected to complete all courses in which they are enrolled. However, for fully documented, serious and compelling reasons, the student may request a Late Schedule Adjustment by obtaining appropriate authorizations. This form is available at the Registrar's office or Graduate Affairs; it is not available online.
The student must provide a type-written statement describing the request, provide supporting documentation and approval from the instructor(s). The student will need to provide 1 petition for each course, unless withdrawing from the entire semester which the student would need to also complete the Withdrawal Card.
All Late Schedule Adjustment Petitions take 7-10 business days for review. Students will be contacted by email of the decision. Any petitions that are submitted with insufficient documentation or incomplete forms will delay processing beyond 10 business days.
The Withdrawal or Dismissal form is used for one of the following reasons:
- A student is withdrawing from the university
- A department requests that the student be removed from the program
- A student wants to change from a Master's degree program or certificate program into a credential program
This form will be used for students admitted into the Master's degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies to create their academic plan and their thesis committee (An official thesis committee packet will still need to be completed and submitted to the Division of Graduate Affairs).
- A departmental examination administered either by the department or by the appropriate foreign language department
- The appropriate part or parts of the MLA-cooperative Foreign language Test
- The Graduate School Foreign Language Test (GSFLT)
- Or satisfactory completion of certain foreign language courses.
The Reissued Graduate Diploma Order form should be mailed to the Cashier's Office for processing. Diploma orders take up to 6-8 weeks and will be mailed to the address provided.
To have your diploma notarized, you will need to order a new diploma to be mailed to Graduate Affairs and make arrangements with a notary.
You will be notified when your documents are ready for notarization. You are responsible for scheduling the notarization and payment with the notary. The Graduate Affairs Office has worked with 2 notaries: Annette Perea and Stacey Wolfson. You may contact Annette Perea, a notary who will provide service at SDSU, at (619) 248-3486 or [email protected]. Stacey Wolfson is a notary that works at USE Credit Union on campus and can be reached at 619-894-0965 or [email protected].
After the documents are notarized, the documents will be mailed to you or anyone you direct. If you are designating a person to pick up the documents on your behalf, please provide a signed release form with a copy of your RedID.
Special Petitions for Undergraduates