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Danielle Lopez

Graduate Program Administrative Assistant

Kathy Schindler

Distance Graduate Program Administrative Assistant


Degree Requirements

Master's Degrees 

Degree Requirements


  • First half of your program

    • Memorandum of Courses
    • Research Responsibility
  • Second half of your program

  • In your final semester

    • Application for Graduation
    • Final Exam Report(scheduling)
    • Schedule a day & room for your defense with Danielle using Department Defense Form
    • Thesis (preliminary)
    • Written Comprehensive Exam; Removal of incomplete grades (non-899)
    • Final Oral Exam
    • Final Materials, Thesis (final); Removal of Incomplete 899 grades
    • Commencement Ceremony

Exact Due Dates

Doctoral Degrees

Degree Requirements


  • First half of your program

    • Supervisory Committee
    • Within the same term: Program of studies and research responsibility (preliminary)
  • Mid-Program

    • Application for candidacy
    • Academic Residency
  • In your final year

    • Application for Graduation; Hooding Participation
    • Dissertation (preliminary); Application for Final Oral Exam, Research Responsibility (final); Removal of incomplete grades (non-999)
    • Schedule a day & room for your defense with Danielle using Department Defense Form
    • Final Oral Examination (Defense)
    • Dissertation (final); PDF Upload; and Depositing and removal of Incomplete 999 Grades
    • Commencement and Hooding

Exact Due Dates

    Department Graduate Student Handbook


    Ethann Barnes teaching crops class

    TA Resources

    All on-campus graduate students in the Department are encouraged to incorporate meaningful teaching experiences in their programs. Examples include: teaching or assisting in lab or lecture; organizing seminars; giving presentations; and contributing to extension and other educational outreach efforts. The student's teaching experience should be noted on their Annual Progress Report. The student's advisor should assist in contacting teaching faculty to arrange for appropriate teaching or extension opportunities.

    2018 Crops Judging Team.
    2018 Crops Judging Team. Coached by Adam Striegel.

    2018 Graduate Student Awards

    Our graduate students earn numerous awards, fellowships and honors.

    2018 Graduate Student Award Winners