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Graduate School Website

The Graduate School website is an essential source of accurate, up-to-date information for all graduate students on campus.  Here a are a few links you will visit often throughout your graduate studies.

Student Resources
Steps to Student Degree
Graduate & Professional Bulletin


Departmental Information

Departmental Graduate Studies Manual


Departmental Graduate Student Forms

Graduate Program FAQ

Most if not all of the highlighted information below is covered in detail on the Graduate School website. We choose to highlight this information because these are the most frequently asked question topics asked by graduate students in our department.


Changing term of admission

The GS1C form is available for a new applicant to either update the term on his/her existing application or, if admitted, to defer to a different term. Please note, each applicant is allowed only ONE FREE change of term request.


Faculty Adviser

Your faculty adviser will be selected (by you) from among departmental faculty once initial entry to the program has been completed. The faculty adviser is the chief source of advice in the planning process and works closely with the student throughout the graduate career on all matters related to the degree program.


Choosing a Committee

Each student has a graduate advisory committee. Members of the committee should be chosen on the basis of the student’s interests, the student’s experience with faculty members, and the adviser’s knowledge and expertise. The makeup of a graduate committee must be approved by the department head and, of course, agreed to by the potential members themselves.

Your committee must be identified before filing a GS-6 form, due before the time of the fourth regular semester registration (see below). Committees can be changed by filing a GS-9A form.


GS-6 Form

All students are required to file a GS-6 form that formally declares the classes to be used to satisfy the degree. The Program of Study is a document which lists all courses taken in pursuit of the degree as well as the graduate committee. The Program of Study must be filed with the Graduate School before the time of the fourth regular semester registration.


Continuous Registration

All students admitted to a graduate program at Colorado State University are required to be continuously registered in the fall and spring semester throughout their degree programs.

Graduate degree candidates must be either enrolled for at least one credit or must register for continuous registration during the term (fall, spring, or summer) they will complete their degree requirements.



Your thesis or dissertation must be submitted and approved by the published deadline date of your graduating term in order to graduate in a given semester. You can find all of the important information about submitting your thesis or dissertation here.


Commencement Ceremony

Once you have completed all of the departmental and graduate school academic requirements for graduation, it\’s time to plan for commencement.

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