Progress Toward Degree Checklist

PhD
First Semester
  • Meet with faculty advisor before registering for first semester courses.
  • Have past academic institutions send official transcripts to Office of Admissions.
  • Meet regularly with faculty advisor to develop research plan.
  • Begin forming graduate advisory committee with assistance from your faculty advisor.
Second/Third Semester
  • Develop degree plan with faculty advisor.
  • Develop research plan and begin to finalize.
Fourth Semester
Fifth/Final Semester
  • Make steady progress completing courses and research, begin writing dissertation.
  • Complete proposed lab and fieldwork to collect data, statistically evaluate data, begin writing dissertation.
  • Meet the residence requirement.
  • Confirm that all degree plan courses have been met, and that degree plan and advisory committee are correct in DPSS before final semester. Submit changes if necessary.
  • Apply for graduation in Howdy portal early in final semester, pay graduation fee.
  • Submit your dissertation to your advisory committee (at least three weeks before you plan to defend).
  • Schedule dissertation defense with committee approval to OGAPS. Form: Request and Announcement of Final Examination.
  • Email Madysen to receive the template for announcing your dissertation defense to the department.
  • Present and defend dissertation.
  • Make any necessary corrections to the dissertation. Submit signed approval form to OGAPS, and upload approved PDF file of the completed dissertation to etd.tamu.edu.
  • Make any corrections the Thesis Office requires.
  • Clear Thesis Office.
  • Arrange for a cap and gown for graduation, then graduate!
  • For more information: http://ogaps.tamu.edu/New-Current-Students/Getting-a-Degree/Doctoral-Degree-Requirements
Masters Thesis
First Semester
  • Meet with faculty advisor before registering for first semester courses.
  • Have past academic institutions send official transcripts to Office of Admissions.
  • Meet regularly with faculty advisor to develop research plan for thesis.
  • Begin forming graduate advisory committee with assistance from your faculty advisor.
Second Semester
  • Submit degree plan online. This includes submission of names of your graduate advisory committee.
  • Submit research proposal to OGAPS near the end of the second semester. You will also submit a Proposal Approval Form.
  • Begin proposed lab and fieldwork to collect data.
Third Semester
  • Complete lab and fieldwork, statistically analyze data, begin writing thesis.
  • Meet the residence requirement.
Fourth/Final Semester
  • Confirm that all degree plan courses have been met, and that degree plan and advisory committee are correct in DPSS. Submit changes if necessary.
  • Apply for graduation in Howdy portal, pay graduation fee.
  • Attend a pre-submittal conference offered through the Thesis Office.
  • Submit your thesis to your advisory committee (at least three weeks before you plan to defend).
  • Schedule thesis defense with committee approval to OGAPS. Form:Request and Announcement of Final Examination.
  • Email Madysen to receive the template for announcing your thesis defense to the department.
  • Present and defend thesis.
  • Make any necessary corrections to the thesis paper.
  • Deliver the thesis approval form to OGAPS and upload your thesis to the Thesis Office website.
  • Make any corrections the Thesis Office requires.
  • Clear the Thesis Office.
  • Arrange for a cap and gown for graduation, then graduate!
  • For more information: http://ogaps.tamu.edu/New-Current-Students/Getting-a-Degree/Master-s-Degree-Requirements
Masters Non-Thesis

Includes MNRD and M.Agr.

First Semester
  • Meet with faculty advisor before registering for first semester courses.
  • Have past academic institutions send official transcripts to Office of Admissions.
  • Meet regularly with faculty advisor to develop project for professional paper and course plan.
  • Begin forming graduate advisory committee with assistance from your faculty advisor.
Second Semester
  • Submit degree plan online. This includes submission of names of your graduate advisory committee.
  • Maintain steady progress on project tasks.
Third Semester
  • Complete project tasks, evaluate data, begin writing professional paper.
  • Meet the residence requirement.
Fourth/Final Semester
  • Confirm that all degree plan courses have been met, and that degree plan and advisory committee are correct in DPSS. Submit changes if necessary.
  • Apply for graduation in Howdy portal, pay graduation fee.
  • Submit your professional paper to your advisory committee (at least three weeks before you plan to defend)
  • Schedule final defense with committee approval to OGAPS. Form: Request and Announcement of Final Examination.
  • Email Madysen to receive the template for announcing your final defense to the department.
  • Present and defend professional paper to committee.
  • Make any necessary corrections to the professional paper and submit to committee for final review and approval.
  • Deliver to Madysen Rydeen, graduate academic advisor, a copy of your professional paper, signed by your committee members.
  • Arrange for a cap and gown for graduation, then graduate!
  • For more information: http://ogaps.tamu.edu/New-Current-Students/Getting-a-Degree/Master-s-Degree-Requirements 

Contact Us

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Madysen Rydeen
Graduate Program Academic Advisor
979.862.6470
mrydeen@tamu.edu

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Dr. Georgianne Moore
Associate Department Head for Graduate Programs
979.845.3765
gwmoore@tamu.edu

Contact Us

  • Main office: HFSB 305, 2138 TAMU, (979) 845-5033
  • Undergraduate academic advisor office: KLCT 122D, hjanke@tamu.edu
  • Graduate academic advisor office: HFSB 302A, mrydeen@tamu.edu
  • Information technology office: WFES 308, Mailing address

Department Resources

College of Ag and Life Sciences

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