Forms for Graduate Students
Vital Note to Graduate Students
As you can see from the directions below, you will be responsible for initiating many of the forms required by the college and university. We are moving toward a web-based form completion and submission system, but we are not there yet. We have, however, just re-constructed all of the forms in an important way that affects how you carry out your responsibilities.
Wherever indicated, you will be responsible for downloading, filling out -- by entering names and information in the appropriate text boxes, and printing -- and then circulating these forms for signatures. No longer will handwritten forms be allowed. For the most part, the only entries that will be handwritten will be signatures and dates (and university policy requires signatures to be written in blue ink only). In conjunction with your advisor, you need to make certain that the information is complete and accurate, and the committee members are eligible, that you enter into the text boxes before you print out the document for signatures.
The forms will require you to identify yourself in several ways: your name, your PID, your program name, and your program code. It is essential that you provide this information accurately. If you have any question about the name of your program, or your active program code, here is what you should not do: do not bother your program staff with this question; it is your responsibility to know this information.
Here is what you should do: go to your STUINFO page; select “Major(s) by Term.” You will see your current program name and code; this is what you would enter in the various forms below. If you thought that you were in a different program, you should immediately contact the Registrar to straighten this out.
For advanced (Ph.D., Ed.D. and Educational Specialist) graduate students, you and your advisor should make certain that all of the members of your Guidance and Dissertation Committees include at least four faculty members who are eligible to serve, (this is a University policy). You and your advisor and program coordinator can verify eligibility before you enter the committee members’ names and print out the form for signatures.Not all need to be tenure-stream msu faculty members, but those from outside the MSU tenure system must be approved to serve. If you find out that someone you want to serve on your committee is not recognized as eligible at this point, you can petition the Graduate School (by having your program send a memo and copy of the individual’s vita to Associate Dean Michael Sedlak to make that person eligible. Submitting forms with ineligible committee members will significantly delay the processing of your program paperwork, and in the most extreme cases, can hold up graduation.
Before printing, you should also do everything to ensure that the form consists of a single page, with all relevant information included; you may reduce font size if necessary and use page reduction features, but leave the form in the same structure as you find it on this website.
The following forms have been placed in sequential order -- by program level -- and reflect a typical student's progress through the degree program. Some of the forms will not be used by all students, such as the Project Agreement Form.
Forms for Master's Students
View the Changes in Advisor: Student Initiated form
View the Program Plan: Student Initiated form
View the MAED - Program Plan: Student Initiated form
View the MATC - Program Plan: Student Initiated form
View the Changes in Program Plan: Student Initiated form
Forms for Ph.D. Students
Note: GradPlan is for Doctoral students who started in Fall 2010 to current.
For Doctoral students who started prior to Fall 2010, please use the Forms prior to FS10 admits.
Doctoral guidance committees should be formed at the end of the first year or beginning of the second year. The Committee must have at least four regular (tenure stream) MSU faculty or approved (by Graduate School) non-tenured (i.e., temporary/fixed-term) faculty. The Ph.D. Degree Plan should typically be filed early in second year of Ph.D. program. Please use the link below to enter GradPlan to form both your guidance committee and your Ph.D. Degree Plan.
Visit the GradPlan login.
View the Record of Comprehensive Examinations for Ph.D students form
View the Research Practicum: 995: Student Initiated form
View the Dissertation Director Approval: Student Initiated form
View the Dissertation Proposal Approval: Student Initiated form
View the Submit An Event to College Calendar page
Any College of Education Ph.D. student wishing to participate in the College's hooding ceremony in Erickson Hall must be invited to participate. In order to receive an electronic invitation, you are required to complete this form and submit it to the Graduate Records Office, 204 Erickson Hall, at least one month before the date of the convocation/hooding ceremony, during the semester you would like to participate. You are also required to meet one of the following criteria in order to receive an invitation: 1) have orally defended your dissertation (successfully or with revisions); 2) have your oral defense scheduled prior to the ceremony; or 3) in the case of summer graduates wishing to participate in the spring ceremony, have your oral defense scheduled before the first day of classes for the following fall semester. It is necessary to complete the form and submit it to your Dissertation Director for endorsement.
Forms for Ed.S. Students
Forms for all Graduate Levels, Department Initiated
View the Change from Provisional to Regular Status form
Forms for all Graduate Levels, Student Initiated
If the graduate student has their primary major or degree inside the College of Education, and they want to add a second degree from another college at MSU, or the student is from another college at MSU and they want to add a second degree from the College of Education, the student must apply to the program using the University’s online Graduate Application system.
View the Project Agreement Form: Student Initiated form
View the Application for Graduation: Student Initiated form
View the Application for Readmission: Student Initiated form
If you wish to apply to a new program, you must complete a new Graduate School online application.
Note: If readmission to a terminated program is approved, you must be able to complete all program requirements and graduate by the program end date.