MS degree Checklist, Department of Comparative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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MS Degree Checklist

Checklist for the Master of Science Degree

It is the responsibility of the student to keep this Checklist current and to meet all requirements on time.

1. If the student has not been assigned a major advisor, the student should:

a. Meet with the temporary faculty advisor prior to the first semester of enrollment.

b. Make appointments with faculty members in the appropriate division to discuss the research being conducted in faculty laboratories within the first semester of enrollment.

c. Select a major advisor in consultation with the temporary advisor. This selection must be made and approved by the Department Head prior to the end of the first semester of enrollment.

2. Request the major advisor to form an Advisory Committee consisting of at least three faculty members, including the major advisor. One of the members must act as the research advisor, and one must be from outside the respective division (Toxicology, Morphology, or Physiology/Pharmacology). The Advisory Committee must be formed before the end of the first year of enrollment.

3. Request approval of the program of study from the Advisory -Committee and submit it to the Department Head. This must be accomplished within the first year of study.

4.  Complete the course requirements for the degree (at least 32 hours).

5. Submit a research proposal to the Advisory Committee and receive approval for its implementation by the end of the first year of enrollment.

6. Apply for graduation. Master's degrees are conferred in May, August, October, and January. To receive a degree, a student must be on the graduation list for the appropriate graduation date. To place his or her name on the list, the student must mark the registration agreement where indicated at the time of registration or complete an application for degree form (down load or obtain from the Department Office). The deadline for placing a name on the list for each graduation date is noted in the Graduate College calendar.

6. Submit a thesis to the major advisor at least four weeks prior to the final oral examination. Before typing the thesis, the student should consult the Thesis Handbook which is downloable.

7. Select your Final Examination Committee. Request the major advisor, subject to approval of the Department Head, to name your Final Examination Committee and its Chairman. It is recommended that the thesis be submitted to the members of the Examination Committee at least two weeks prior to the final oral examination.

8. Stand for the Final Examination. The Final Examination Committee conducts the final oral examination. In part, this will include a presentation of the thesis research in a seminar presented to the Department. Results of this examination are reported as (a) approved, (b) approved with suggested changes, or (c) disapprove.

9. Submit the final copy of the thesis to the Department's Director of Graduate Studies for format approval. The signed format approval form must be submitted with the thesis to the Graduate College. Graduate College Thesis Office will reject any thesis which fails to meet Graduate College standards. It is therefore highly recommended that students check the format with the Graduate College Thesis Office before the final copies are made. Neither the Department nor the College of Veterinary Medicine are financially responsible for the production of the thesis.

10. Submit two unbound copies of the approved thesis to the Graduate College. The student should consult the Graduate College calendar or the Graduate College Thesis Office about deadlines for depositing the thesis with the Graduate College. The thesis deposit deadline cannot be extended.

11. Submit one hard cover (blue in color with gold letters on front and spine) bound copy to the student's major advisor. It is recommended that the student give a bound copy to each member of his or her Advisory Committee.