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Graduate Student Graduation Requirements

Commencement Participation Requirements

Master's degree students who have defended theses may request permission to participate in ceremonies with written recommendations from the appropriate Department Chairs and permission from the Dean of Instruction & Graduate Studies. No exceptions will be made to allow doctoral students (who have not completed degree requirements) to participate in Commencement.

You must RSVP if you plan to attend Commencement Weekend ceremonies with the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies by April 15, 2016. If you do not meet this deadline, your name may not appear in the Commencement program.

Degree Requirements

  • The Master's degree requires completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours at the graduate level, of which at least 18 must be in coursework. By this time, you should have completed an approved study plan (3B) and submitted it to the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies. Students must also meet capstone seminar, thesis, and exam requirements, submit a Diploma Request Form, pay for binding fees (as appropriate) and submit theses electronically to the ProQuest archival service.
  • Doctoral degree students must successfully complete a minimum of 60 graduate credits – an appropriate combination of at least 30 to 48 credits are awarded for coursework and at least 12 to 30 credits are awarded for dissertation (xxx 999). An approved study plan (3B) must be executed. Students must also meet capstone seminar, dissertation, and exam requirements, submit a Diploma Request Form, pay for binding fees, submit the appropriate number of unbound dissertation copies to OIGS, upload electronically to the ProQuest archival service, and submit a Survey of Earned Doctorates.

All graduate students must be registered for at least one credit hour for the semester in which they complete degree requirements. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 is required for graduation.

Required Paperwork

MF, MLA and MPS degrees

n addition to successful completion of coursework and Faculty requirements:

MS degrees

In addition to successful completion of coursework and Faculty requirements:

Doctoral degrees

In addition to successful completion of coursework and Faculty requirements:

If you are submitting a thesis or dissertation, did you...

  • Leave at least 1.0 inch margins?
  • Have the abstract page signed by your major professor(s)?
  • Have the title page signed by your major professor(s), chair of the exam committee, department chair, and Director of the Division of Engineering (ERE only – Dr. Gary Scott)?
  • Include your resume or vita as the last page of the thesis or dissertation?
  • Spell check all pages - especially the acknowledgment page?
  • Make sure all pages are included and in correct order?
  • Make sure you have not gone beyond your delimitation date? (If so, you must petition an extension.)
  • Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Guidelines
  • Submit thesis or dissertations to ProQuest

Regalia

During the Middle Ages, monks and students wore academic regalia as protection from the damp and drafty conditions of monasteries and castles. Through the years, regalia evolved to represent and celebrate scholarly achievement. The colors of the hoods and various trimmings symbolized the disciplines and institutional traditions.

In deference to and in celebration of tradition and scholarship, ESF students who participate in Commencement Ceremonies are required to wear academic attire. Caps and gowns are available for purchase through the SU Bookstore in the Schine Student Center, (315) 443-9900.

Masters HoodsMaster’s hoods
The colors of the ESF Master's hoods represent the colors of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry: forest green, white and gold. Hoods are black with gold velvet lining with green, white & gold satin chevrons on the inside lining.

Doctoral HoodsDoctoral hoods
The colors of the Ph.D. hoods represent the colors of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry: forest green, white and gold. Hoods are black, with navy blue velvet outer lining and white & gold satin chevrons on the inside lining.


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