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Graduation Information

Students must "declare candidacy" to graduate. CS graduate students should declare candidacy by the end of the first week of classes of 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:

Due to the current physical restrictions to campus, students can declare candidacy for Summer or Fall 2020 by following the revised steps below:

  1. Send an email to csgrad@purdue.edu to request registration of CAND 99100, 99200, or 99300 (see descriptions below to determine the correct registration for you).
  2. Include the degree expected (MS or PhD) and desired semester of graduation in the email.
  3. PhD and MS thesis option students must also include their advisor’s approval (email is sufficient).
  • CAND 99100 (General Candidacy): For students registering for at least 1 credit or research and/or coursework in their last session.
  • CAND 99200 (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 99300 (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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