- Where can I find information about graduate student policies and procedures?
- The Graduate Catalog contains information regarding curriculum, policies, and procedures for graduate students. It is the responsibility of all students to be thoroughly familiar with all rules, regulations, and requirements pertaining to graduate study.
- How do I know what forms I have on file with Graduate Studies?
- Log on to TopNet.
- Select "Registration" on the Student Services tab.
- Click "View Student Information."
- The forms you currently have on file with us will be found in the "Graduation Status" section. The example (below) shows that this student has a Form C, Form D, Form E, and the Application for Graduation on file for the MA in Sociology.
- How do I sign and submit forms electronically to Graduate Studies?
- For instructions on signing forms electronically, please see these instructions.
- Where should I send an electronic document after it is completed?
- The list to whom documents should be sent can be found here.
- What is a Form B/C?
- A Form B/C is the graduate degree program. It must be filled out by the student and advisor. The advisor must approve of the courses listed on the degree program. If a student is pursuing a master's degree that is in the teacher education area, the Form B/C must be approved in the Office of Teacher Certification prior to being submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
- How do I get a Form B/C?
- Your academic department and your graduate advisor will have Form B/C available.
- When do I need to submit my Form B/C?
- The Form B/C must be submitted prior to the completion of twelve (12) hours of graduate course work. Failure to file the Form B/C will result in not being able to register for any additional courses until the Form B/C is submitted with appropriate signatures.
- How do I know if my Form B/C is approved?
- Once the degree program (Form B/C) has been officially approved by personnel in all required areas, you will receive a signed copy via your WKU email. Along with your copy of the Form B/C, you will receive a Form D. If you are unsure whether or not one is on file with Graduate Studies, you may check TopNet.
- What is a Form D?
- Form D is the admission to candidacy that must be submitted by all degree seeking students. The purpose of the Form D is to provide a planned, formal review of student progress toward the specified program of study (Form B/C).
- What does admission to candidacy require?
- An approved program of study (Form C).
- Removal of any deficiencies or conditions for admission.
- Attainment of at least a 3.0 grade point average in course work included in the program of study (courses on approved Form C) and at least a 3.0 overall GPA at the time of admission to candidacy.
- Completion of the foreign language examination or research tool as specified for the program.
- Approval of the major advisor and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
- Adhere to additional degree specific requirements as stated in the Graduate Catalog.
- When should I submit the Form D?
- The Form D should be submitted before you have completed 21 credit hours and after, if applicable, completed your research tool and removed any deficiencies with a grade of A or B, and completed at least 15 hours of course work.
- How do I know if my Form D is approved?
- The Form D will be approved by the advisor and/or department before being submitted to Graduate Studies for approval. After a thorough review of student progress, the Form D will be approved in the Graduate Studies office. A confirmation email will be sent to the student after the Form D is approved. The email will also contain directions on applying for graduation and other relevant information pertaining to graduation at WKU. If you are unsure whether or not one is on file with Graduate Studies, you may check TopNet.
- Do I have to take a comprehensive examination before I receive my degree?
All graduate degree programs require that either a written or an oral examination be satisfactorily completed, or that an approved capstone course be successfully completed. For students in master’s degree programs with thesis (Plan A), an oral defense of the thesis is required. For doctoral students, an oral defense of the dissertation is required. Students must meet the following guidelines before they are permitted to attempt the comprehensive examination:
- Gain admission to candidacy (Form D on file with Graduate Studies and Research),
- Complete at least one half of the course work in an approved program minor (if applicable),
- Have no more than nine hours remaining on the approved program, and
- Complete any additional requirements as specified by faculty in the department in which the program is housed.
- I am in the College of Education. How do I apply to take the comprehensive exam?
- Please see the College of Education's Comprehensive Exam site for information on how to apply for the exam and forms that need to be submitted.
- Do I have to write a thesis?
- Most degree areas and departments offer both Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (non-thesis). If you opt for Plan A (thesis), thesis credit (6 semester hours) is included in the hours required for the degree. A student must maintain matriculation until the thesis is approved. Thesis, dissertation, specialist project format guidelines are available.
- How and when do I need to submit my thesis, dissertation or specalist project?
- Submission instructions and a schedule for submission to the college reader and the Graduate Studies office is available here.
- Where do I submit my application for graduation?
- The application for graduation along with a graduation is submitted online in Topnet (Student Services-->Student Records-->Application for Graduation). If you wish to pay by check or money order, the fee must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar located on the second floor of Potter Hall. Please do not submit the graduation application and fee to Graduate Studies.
- Do I have to pay the graduation fee even if I do not participate in the commencement ceremony?
- Yes. All students who receive a degree must pay the graduation fee.
- What is the last day that I can complete coursework and still graduate?
- Students must complete all degree requirements (coursework, Form C, Form D, Comprehensive Exam, and Application for Graduation) no later than the Friday of Final Examinations week for a given semester. The academic calendar can be found here.
- How do I request that my degree be awarded?
You do not need to request that you degree be awarded. Instead, your file will be audited in Graduate Studies and Research once you have a Form C, Form D, Application for Graduation, and Comprehensive Examination report (supplied by your academic department) on file in Graduate Studies.
If you are missing degree requirements you and/or your advisor will be contacted. Once your file is audited and complete the Registrar’s Office will award your degree. Your diploma will be mailed to you within 6-8 weeks of your degree being posted to your transcript.
- If I am a teacher, how do I request a Rank change or initial certification?
- For questions regarding teacher certification please refer to the Office of Teacher Services.
- How do I request a transcript?
For information on ordering your final transcript please refer to the Office of the Registrar’s website.
Please note that if you require a final transcript showing your degree awarded and your degree has not yet been awarded you must submit a request via mail.
- How can I withdraw from courses at WKU?
If the drop date for the semester has not passed, log into TOPNET and drop the course. If you have a hold that prevents registration changes please contact the appropriate office immediately.
If the drop date for the semester has passed please contact the instructor of your course to file a Schedule Exception Appeal.
For a complete withdrawal, medical withdrawal or a retroactive withdrawal please find the forms on the Registrar’s Office website.
- How can I withdraw from a graduate program?
- To withdraw from a graduate program, first drop all current courses then email Graduate Studies and Research requesting to be withdrawn from your program.