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.
Electronic Forms (E-Forms) are now available for students in master's, doctoral, and advanced certificate programs. 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 SDSU ID and password.
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 Affairs at 619-594-5213 or [email protected].
For assistance, please refer to the Student E-Forms User Guide.
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. 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 Affairs 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 Affairs. You can only become classified if your advisor submits this form.
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!
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 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.
Students completing a Final Comprehensive Departmental Exam (Plan B) are required
to notify Graduate Affairs once the student passes the exam. The Report of Final Exam
or Thesis Defense form must be submitted to Graduate Affairs 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 Affairs 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.
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.
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 have an approved Program of Study (POS) on file, completed a minimum number of POS units, and have a minimum GPA of 3.00. Students are typically nominated for advancement by their department, and reviewed for advancement by Graduate Affairs at the time the POS 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.
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 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. If you are designating a person to pick up the documents on your behalf, a signed release form is required.