- Complete the PhD Checklist and Consult with your faculty advisor about fall courses and/or permissions.
- Forward the Program Director the correspondence with your advisor approving the selected courses.
- Email should include the following information: name, UID, and term courses.
- Copy your advisor on the email.
- Please note, the hold will not be lifted or permission provided without the above information.
I'm a MS/PhD student and would like to register for the upcoming semester - what is the process?
How do I advance to Candidacy?
Four steps must be taken to be advanced to Ph.D. Candidacy:
- Passing the Qualifying Examination
- Completion of the four core courses with a minimum of 2 grades of A- or higher and 2 grades of B- or higher.
- The next steps are to select an advisor (if the student has not already done so), begin thesis research, and prepare for the Ph.D. Proposal Defense.
- Complete the application for Admission to Candidacy
What are the deadlines to submit forms?
Deadlines to submit forms are determined by the Graduate School. Follow this link to the Graduate School website for more information.
Where do I find information about how to select my thesis or dissertation committee members?
Please find the Nomination of Thesis or Dissertation form, found here.
- Ph.D. disertation committees require a minimum of five voting members of the Graduate Faculty, including three full members.
- Doctoral Capstone Examining Committees (e.g., Ed.D, Au.D.) require a minimum of five voting members of Graduate Faculty, including three full members or associate members (two of these three must be full members).
- The committee chair should be the candidate's advisor. A committee may have co-chairs. A Ph.D. Committee Chair must be a full member of the Graduate Faculty. In the case of a Doctoral Capstone Examining Committees, an associate member can serve as chair under certain conditions. Co-chair requests should be included in the Nomination of Committee form. If the committee has already been approved, please submit a new form.
- Each committee must have a Dean's Representative as a voting or non-voting member. The Dean's Representative should have a research interest related to that of the student/candidate. The Dean's Rep must also be a tenured member of the Graduate Faculty and must have a tenure home different from the student's program as well as that of the chair and any co-chair.
I'd like to add a non-Faculty member to my committee - what is the process?
If you include a committee member that is not of the Graduate Faculty, the form of Nomination of Graduate Faculty must be completed in consultation with your advisor and the department. This process can take at least six weeks for approval.
What is the policy for announcing the PhD dissertation defense to the department?
Students are to email the MSE Program Director two weeks in advance to announce the dissertation defense. All items listed below are required for the announcement:
Defense Announcement for:
I'm a MS/PhD student and will graduate in the current term. What is required of me?
- Complete the Graduation Application. Follow this link and click on "Graduation Application & Diploma Status."
- Complete the Nomination of Thesis or Dissertation form, found here.
- Email the MSE Program Director one month in advance and inform her you will defend your thesis/dissertation and include the date of your defense. Copy your faculty advisor on the email.
- All thesis and dissertation defenses are required to submit the request of the Report of Examining Committee form ten business days before the scheduled defense. Submit the form: go.umd.edu/gs-rrd
- Announcement regarding your thesis/dissertation defense with the department should be emailed to the Program Director two weeks in advance. Email the Program Director with the following information: date, time, dissertation title, location, abstract, and committee members.
- The members of the Dissertation Examining Committee must receive the dissertation at least ten working days before the scheduled examination. Should the Dissertation Examining Committee deem it reasonable and appropriate, it may require submission of the dissertation more than ten working days in advance of the examination.
- Return your office/lab key to the Business Office in room 2134 Chem/Nuc Building.
- Please adhere to all deadlines.
- Doctoral Degree Completion Checklist. View here (resource from the Graduate School).
I'm graduating this semester - do I need to register for a course?
Yes, the Graduate School requires you to register for ENMA899. To do so, you must go through the Registrar’s Office, which will be processed at the start of classes. The exception is if you want to register for ENMA899 during the summer. For summer registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to register for ENMA899 in the fall or spring - what is the process?
The Registrar's office will register you for the course prior to the start of classes.
I'm currently in the PhD program however, I've decided to pursue the MS degree only - what is the process?
- Complete the Petition for Program/Degree Objective Change.
- Inform the Program Director.
I'm not in the MSE program, however, I would like to take a course in the major - what is the process?
You must email the Professor teaching the course in question and ask for permission. If permission is granted, you can forward the email correspondence to email@example.com.
I would like to take a leave of absence - what is the process for approval?
You will need to speak with your advisor, inform the Business Office and Program Director. More information about the policy can be found here Complete the leave of absence form found here.
I don't want to take courses for a semester (or two). What is the approval process?
You will need to speak with your advisor, inform the MSE Business Office and Program Director. Read more information about the policy found here and complete the Waiver of Continuous Registration. Please note: Doctoral Candidates are not eligible for this waiver.
I would like to earn the MS degree "along the way" while still pursuing the PhD degree? What are the requirements?
Ph.D. students who would like to receive a M.S. non-thesis option "along the way" may use their Ph.D. proposal as their scholarly paper but must still register and complete ENMA 797. Complete the following steps:
- Complete the attached form. Program code is ENMA. Choose the non-thesis option.
- Dr. Takeuchi will need to sign the form after you complete it and email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Return the form to the Registrar's office (see the bottom of the form).
- Complete the Graduation Application. See follow this link and click on "Graduation Application & Diploma Status."