Graduate Student E-Forms
Electronic Forms (E-Forms) are available for students in master's, doctoral, and advanced
certificate programs. Online forms will make it easier for students to submit form
and reduce processing time. If you have any questions, please contact your graduate
advisor or Graduate Studies at 619-594-5213 or [email protected].
Please find your desired form below, and click on "Submit Electronically" to submit your form online. You will be redirected to SDSU's Intranet, where you can sign in using your student SDSU ID and password.
For assistance, please refer to the Student E-Forms User Guide.
THESIS STUDENTS: Please click on "Master's Thesis Committee (Plan A) Information and Forms" below for information on how to expedite the approval of your thesis committee packet.
If you are a graduate advisor and looking to initiate a form on behalf of a student, or view pending petitions, please log in here: https://obwebpub.sdsu.edu/AppNet/Login.aspx.
More resources can be found on the Graduate Advisor page: https://grad.sdsu.edu/grad_advisors/eforms
The Request to Change Graduate 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. Students 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 Studies for processing.
Please check your WebPortal for updates to your student records.
Some graduate students are admitted to their program on a "conditional" basis. This means that they must meet specific requirements (such as completing particular courses, or earning a particular GPA) before their status is changed to "classified". Classified status is required to move forward through the graduate program. If you were admitted conditionally, please review the conditions and deadline in your WebPortal account, within the Milestones tab.
After you have completed the conditions, contact your Graduate Advisor and request that a Change of Status form be sent to Graduate Studies. You can only become classified if your advisor submits this form.
A student who has been advanced to candidacy has been officially recognized by the university as a candidate for the degree. In order to be advanced to candidacy a student must complete a minimum number of POS units, have a minimum POS GPA of 3.00, and any other departmental requirements. Students are typically nominated for advancement by their department, and reviewed for advancement by Graduate Studies at the time the request is submitted. If approved for advancement to candidacy, the student becomes eligible to file the Appointment of Thesis/Project Committee form in preparation for enrollment in thesis (Plan A), or to sit for the comprehensive examination (Plan B). For a list of advancement requirements, and for exceptions to the rules listed above, please refer to the Graduate Bulletin.
Note: Students enrolled in programs using the u.Achieve degree audit system can submit a request to advance to candidacy electronically. If you are not sure if your program is using u.Achieve, please ask your advisor. The system will not allow you to submit if your program is not using the system. Your advisor will complete this process for students enrolled in programs not using u.Achieve.
Temporary Change for Thesis Committee Approval
To accommodate necessary workflow changes during the coronavirus outbreak, each program's Graduate Advisor may oversee and approve all aspects of Master's thesis committee packets. All communication may be conducted by email or phone. No physical signatures are needed for the Graduate Advisor to confirm all necessary information. Review and processing of the revised committee packet can take 7-10 business days. Students will receive an email confirmation of approval and at that time can request the schedule number for Thesis 799A.
Graduate Advisors: Fill out the Temporary Thesis Committee Approval form, and email to [email protected]. CC: the master's student on this email. Thank you!
Students with committee members that are not tenured/tenure track faculty at SDSU will also need to complete the Petition for Lecturers, Adjuncts, and Outside Experts Without SDSU Affiliation to Serve on Thesis Committees. Please read the form in its entirety, as additional documentation may be required to accompany this petition.
Temporary changes made by Montezuma Publishing can be found on their website under "Thesis and Dissertation Services".
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 Studies. Once this form is processed and approved, students
may request a schedule number and an add code from Graduate Studies 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 SDSU Global Campus. Please refer to Part Four of the Graduate Bulletin for more information on thesis and thesis extension courses.
Students completing a Final Comprehensive Departmental Exam (Plan B) are required
to notify Graduate Studies once the student passes the exam. The Report of Final Exam
or Thesis Defense form must be submitted to Graduate Studies by the appropriate deadline.
See the current Academic Calendar or the Graduate Bulletin for the exact deadline date.
Some departments require notification of the thesis defense for students completing a thesis (Plan A). Students can contact their graduate advisor to confirm this requirement or view the "Milestones" tab in WebPortal.
If Graduate Studies receives a Report of Final Exam or Thesis Defense form for a student who is not classified, does not have an Official Program on file, and/or is not Advanced to Candidacy, it will be denied and the student will be notified.
Officially, a student may not sit for an exam or begin their thesis without first being Advanced to Candidacy.
This form is submitted online, and must be initiated by your Graduate Advisor. Please contact your Graduate Advisor if you would like to submit this form.
- 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.
All requirements for advanced certificates and master's degrees coursework 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 or left the university on academic probation 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. (Visit the Graduate Admissions Office website for application deadlines). 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. Download the PDF form.
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
Students that withdrawal from the university will need to take appropriate action to also drop or withdrawal from their courses if registered.
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 Graduate Studies.
The Reissued Graduate Diploma Order form can be emailed to [email protected] once filled out. A bill for the diploma will be posted in your CashNet account in 1-2 business days. Once the *fee is paid, Graduate Studies will order the diploma and a shipping notice will be sent to your email address listed in your SDSU WebPortal. Diploma orders take up to 6-8 weeks and will be mailed to the address provided. A registration hold may prevent you from requesting a reissued diploma. For more information on registration holds, check your WebPortal or the Registrar's Office website on how to resolve it: https://registrar.sdsu.edu/students/registration/registration_holds
(*Fee is subject to change. Starting August 1, 2021 the fee for a reissued diploma will increase to $20.)
To have your diploma notarized, you will need to order a new diploma and check the "Hold for Notary" option. Your diploma will be mailed to Graduate Studies where we will have your diploma notarized and mailed to the address you provided on your order form. You will receive an email from Graduate Studies once your diploma has been mailed.