FAQ

When is the deadline for me to register for next semester?

You must be registered prior to the beginning of any semester. If tuition or fees are not paid before the first day of the semester, your registration will be cancelled. You will then have to re-register, pay tuition or fees, plus pay a $200 late fee. (Remember that you could be encumbered from registering because of an unpaid parking ticket, lack of immunizations, not complying with a condition of admission, overdue library book, unpaid rent in Purdue housing, etc.). Return to top.

How do I indicate that I plan to graduate at the end of next semester?

Mark on your registration form that you are a candidate. Alternatively, a reminder will be emailed out from the Office of Graduate Studies with the deadline for declaring candidacy and asking students to inform the office if they plan to graduate in the current semester. Return to top.

How do I register while on Research in Absentia?

While in absentia the student must be registered for every session during which they are engaged in degree work or plan to graduate. The absentia privilege will remain in effect as long as the student continues to register, the student returns to campus, the degree has been granted, the absentia privilege is rescinded, or the student withdraws from the University.

Once a student stops registering in absentia, that student will not be eligible to register in absentia for a later session. If a doctoral candidate who was previously registered in absentia and is currently registered for examination only or degree only does not meet the mid-session deadline, the registration will be changed to doctoral research credits (69900). This will maintain the required continuous registration in absentia and will make the student eligible to register for examination only or degree only in a future session. (Please see the Graduate School’s Policy and Procedure Manual for further details.) Return to top.

HOWEVER, if you have student loans which require that you maintain a full-time registration, then each and every fall and spring semester, you need to change this registration from three hours to nine hours. Even if you put on the initial form that you would be registering for 9 hours each semester, it automatically converts back to three hours each semester. The change each semester can be sent in for you by the Office of Graduate Studies, but it is up to the student to notify the office to do this. Registration is the responsibility of the student, not the Office of Graduate Studies. Do not expect anyone to contact you to see how you want to register! Return to top.

When is my Plan of Study due to the Graduate Committee?

Plans of Study are due by the 12th week of your second semester. After the Graduate Committee approves your plan, you submit it electronically to the Graduate School via myPurdue. Return to top.

How do I change my Plan of Study?

  • Course deleted / added, and the reason for the change.

  • Committee member deleted / added, and the reason for the change.

Changes are submitted electronically. The only time changes have to go back to the Graduate Committee would be if the student were to change almost everything. Check with the Office of Graduate Studies or the Director of Graduate Studies if you have a question. Return to top.

How do I register for a COM 590 Independent Study?

Forms are available on school's website. Follow the instructions. Be sure your request gets to the Graduate Committee, either via the Director of Graduate Studies or the Office of Graduate Studies, in the semester prior to the semester that you want to do the independent study. Return to top.

How do I set up my Preliminary Examination?

Your advisor and you will contact members of your examination committee to determine content and time allowed for each question. The questions are sent to the Office of Graduate Studies where you will work out the schedule of when you will take each question. With the same schedule you can also reserve a laptop through the Office of Graduate Studies. You will be given a flash drive with your question for that day. Save your response to the flash drive and return it to the Office of Graduate Studies. You have thirty days to write from the day you start writing. You then have another thirty days to do the oral portion. Return to top.

How do I set up my Comprehensive Examination?

One week is designated each semester by the Graduate Committee for comprehensive exams. Usually it is the second week after October Break in the fall semester, and the week of the second Monday following Spring Break in the spring semester. You and your advisor will contact members of your exam committee to determine content and time allowed for each question. The questions are sent to the Office of Graduate Studies where you will work out the schedule of when you will take each question. With the same schedule you can also reserve a laptop through the Office of Graduate Studies. You will be given a flash drive with your question for that day. Save your response to the flash drive and return it to the Office of Graduate Studies.

When is the deadline for me to do the final oral defense and the deadline to deposit my dissertation/thesis?

Deadlines for each semester's final exam, i.e., oral defense of dissertation and the deposit of same, oral defense of thesis and the deposit of same, or final exam of a non-thesis Master's student (comprehensive exam) may be found at the Graduate School's website:

www.purdue.edu/gradschool/about/calendar/deadlines.html

We have to give the Graduate School at least two weeks' notice to obtain the paperwork required at the final exam. Return to top.

What are the criteria for the annual PRF (Purdue Research Foundation) research grants, Bilsland Dissertation Fellowships and summer grants?

Students who wish to receive funding for research must meet the following criteria:

(Bilsland Fellowship) Students must have completed all required school coursework, taken and defended their written and oral preliminary examinations, and have defended their dissertation prospectus to be considered.

(Full year PRF Research Grants) Students must have completed all required school coursework, and taken and defended their written and oral preliminary examinations to be considered.

(Summer Grants) Students must have completed all required school coursework to be considered . Preference will be given to students who have taken and defended their written and oral preliminary examinations, and have defended their dissertation prospectus for the summer grants. Return to top.

How do I set up appointment to deposit my dissertation or thesis?

Make an appointment by calling the Thesis Format Office at 765-494-2600. They will ask the approximate number of pages in your dissertation or thesis so they'll know how long the appointment should be. The Thesis Format Office is located within the Graduate School - 170 Young Grad House. Check out the Thesis Format Office website for a precheck presentation, the thesis format handbook and all forms required to deposit. Return to top.

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