During the first trimester or term of Graduate Study
Meet admission examination requirements as set by program (GRE or alternative requirement)
Complete departmental writing sample (See Advisor)
A member of the graduate faculty of your department will serve as the major advisor.The major advisor will assist students in approving and submitting the Degree Audit to the Graduate Office.When updates are complete,the student will be notified to review and agree to the Degree Audit.The major advisor must approve any additional changes to the student's Degree Audit by notifying the Graduate Office.
Review for Candidacy
Ensure that all requirements for candidacy are met within first 15 graduate hours
Beginning of final trimester or beginning of trimester prior to final trimester (if within 6 hours of completion of degree):
The Final Application for Graduate degree may be submitted online through the Secure Area of your'CatPAWS or myNorthwest. During the final trimester, or in the trimester prior to completion of your degree, students should submit the Graduation Application with the Graduate Office during first three weeks of the trimester (fall and spring). For summer, file applications during the first week of the trimester.
IF NEW CERTIFICATION IS INVOLVED, see the Director of Certification.
Comprehensive Assessment - Students must have been admitted to candidacy to be eligible and must have at least a 3.0 GPA in all course work and in the major. If you are in the GIST program or earning certification, it is recommended that you take and pass the PRAXIS the trimester prior to taking the comprehensive exam and/or the trimester prior to graduation.
Accessing the Online Graduation Application
Visit 'CatPAWS and log into the 'Secure Area' with your User ID (Student 919#) and PIN.
If you do not know your User ID (Student 919#) and/or PIN, visit 'CatPAWS and select 'Forgot your User ID (919#)'. Your login information will be promptly e-mailed to you.
Take the comprehensive examination or present portfolio evaluation (Portfolio for Reading, Special Education, Teaching: Early Childhood, Teaching:Elementary(self contained), Educational Leadership (master's and specialist) and MA English only) on date set by the department. Students will be notified by their program director of comprehensive final dates.
Thesis or Scholarly Research
Thesis or scholarly paper (original) due in Graduate Office by prearranged date. Thesis guidelines are available online or in the Graduate Office.
This form is required for research other than a thesis or Scholarly paper. Form must be filed with the Graduate Office no later than the term of degree completion.
During last trimester of graduate study
Check with Graduate Office to ensure records are complete. Pay graduation fee to the Cashiering Office. This fee must be paid whether or not the student participates in commencement ceremony. The current fee is stated on the Final Application for Comprehensive Assessment and Graduate Degree.
Prior to commencement
A schedule of commencement activities will be e-mailed from the Registrar's Office. Included will be the form and instructions for ordering cap, gown, and hood, if attending commencement exercises. Students interested in graduation announcements should contact the Bookstore. Contact the Office of Career Services at 660.562.1250 for assistance with research and application to internships, graduate schools or employment opportunities.