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Graduation Information

Students must "declare candidacy" to graduate. CS graduate students should declare candidacy by the end of the semester prior to the desired semester of graduation.

For specific semester graduation deadlines, please see the Graduate School Calendar; however, please allow at least one week for departmental staff to process requests.

Declaring:

Complete a Form 23 (available in LWSN 1137) to add CAND 99100, 99200, or 99300 (see below, do not add other courses), indicate the degree expected (MS or PhD), obtain advisor signature, and return to LWSN 1137. Distance learning students should email bmorrow@purdue.edu.

  • CAND 991 (General Candidacy): For students registering for at least 1 credit or research and/or coursework in their last session.
  • CAND 992 (Degree-Only Candidacy): For students who have completed all degree requirements except depositing their thesis. Students cannot be registered for any other research and/or coursework.
  • CAND 993 (Exam-Only Candidacy): For students who have completed all degree requirements except completing and passing their final exam and depositing their thesis. Students cannot be registered for any other research and/or coursework.

Ethics Requirements:

All candidates must complete the Ethics Requirements (lecture and CITI online test) by November 1st for fall graduation and April 1st for Spring or Summer graduation (contact bmorrow@purdue.edu to schedule a makeup session for the ethics lecture, if needed).

For students seeking an MS degree:

An MS plan of study must be submitted by the student, signed by all advisory committee members and departmental staff, and awaiting only Graduate School processing by the Friday prior to the first day of classes of the desired semester of graduation. Therefore, MS plans of study must be submitted by April 1st for Summer or Fall graduation and November 1st for spring graduation to ensure adequate time for departmental staff processing.

MS non-thesis option students should complete the Communications Requirement by April 1st for Spring or Summer graduation and November 1st for fall graduation.

Late Graduation Deadline Fees:

  • Students who are on the candidate list for the same degree for three or more consecutive sessions will be assessed a late fee for each consecutive session, starting with the third session.
  • Students who request to be added as a candidate for the current term after the Graduate School deadline will also be assessed a late fee.
  • Students who miss the plan of study deadline will be assessed a late fee.
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