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Steps to Fulfill Master's Degree Requirements


1 Meet with departmental graduate advisor to plan course of study for first semester. When: Before first semester registration.
Approved by: Graduate advisor or chair of the intercollegiate faculty.
2 Establish advisory committee (3 members: 2 in math, 1 outside of math). Submit a degree plan (32 hours if thesis option; 36 hours if non-thesis option).* When: Prior to the deadline imposed by the student's college and no later than 90 days prior to final oral or thesis defense.
Approved by: Advisory committee, department head or chair of the intercollegiate faculty, and Office of Graduate Studies (OGS).
3 If thesis is required, submit thesis proposal to the Office of Graduate Studies. When: 15 working days prior to the submission of the Request for the Final Examination.
Approved by: Advisory committee, department head or chair of the intercollegiate faculty, and OGS.
4 Apply for degree**; pay graduation fee. When: During the first week of the final semester, see OGS calendar.
5 Check to be sure degree program and advisory committee are up to date and all ELPE requirements (if applicable) and course work arecomplete. When: Well before submitting request to schedule final examination.
6 Complete residence requirement. When: If applicable, before or during final semester.
Approved by: OGS.
7 Submit request for permission to schedule final examination. When: Must be received by OGS at least 10 working days before exam date. See OGS calendar for deadlines.
Approved by: Advisory committee, department head or chair of the intercollegiate faculty, and OGS.
8 If required, upload one approved final copy of thesis as a single PDF file (thesis.tamu.edu) and submit signed approval form to the Thesis Office. When: See OGS calendar for deadlines.
Approved by: Advisory committee, department head or chair of the intercollegiate faculty and OGS.
9 Graduation; arrange for cap and gown. For more information, contact the
University Bookstore.

* The online Automated Degree Plan Submission System is located on the website https://ogsdpss.tamu.edu.

** Complete the application for degree form via the website at https://howdy.tamu.edu.