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Welcome to Graduate School . Agenda. Dean’s Welcome Tips for Success in Graduate School General SDSU Information Introduction to Campus Technology SDSU Graduate School Policies & Procedures Q & A. Tips for Success in Graduate S chool. Learn Academic Requirements Conditional Admission

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Dean’s Welcome

Tips for Success in Graduate School

General SDSU Information

Introduction to Campus Technology

SDSU Graduate School Policies & Procedures

Q & A

tips for success in graduate s chool
Tips for Success in Graduate School
  • Learn Academic Requirements
    • Conditional Admission
    • Low GPA/Academic Probation
  • Assume responsibility for your success
    • Familiarize yourself with the Graduate Catalog
    • Learn degree requirements
    • Use your advisor
  • Be proactive in completing your degree
    • Obsolete coursework
      • Master’s – 6 years
      • PhD – 8 years
    • Make a Plan of Study

Adapted from http://www.career.ucf.edu/Students/Graduate_Students/Tips_for_Achieving_Success_in_Graduate_School_31_417.aspx

c ampus i nformation
Campus Information
  • Parking
    • All campus parking lots require a parking tag from 8am-4pm or you risk receiving a ticket
    • Purchase parking tags online through sdstate.edu/parking
      • 605-688-PARK
    • Yaeger Hall Room 103
  • Student ID Card
    • Photo ID
    • Student ID Number
    • Entry to the Wellness Center
    • Entry to Athletic Events
    • Hobo Dough
    • Meal Plan
    • Card services - Yaeger Hall
    • Be sure to bring a photo ID with you to get your ID card
offices to know
Offices to Know
  • Cashier’s(Admin 136)
    • Student accounts/bills
  • Financial Aid (Admin 100)
    • Loans, grants, work study, loan deferral
  • Graduate School (Admin 130)
    • Any student concerns
  • Records (Admin 100)
    • Petitions
    • Transcripts
  • Student Health & Counseling (Wellness Center)
    • Health appointments
    • One on one and group counseling
offices to know1
Offices to Know
  • Wintrode Student Success Center (Wintrode Building)
    • Tutoring
    • Writing Center
  • CAP Center (Medary Commons 120)
    • Resume writing
    • Interview Skills
    • Job postings (part time, full time, on and off campus)
  • International Affairs (Briggs Library 119)
    • Comprehensive home for international students and scholar services



Class registration, payment, course listings, grades




Student portal – Jacks email activation, Parking, Student schedule, News & Events, Access to Accounts (Hobo Dough, WebAdvisor, etc)


Jacks EmailYourlogin@jacks.sdstate.eduJacks email accounts are the official email of SDSU, all university news and contact will come via your Jacks account. You are responsible for activating and checking this account.


Your password

need technical support
Need Technical Support?
  • eSDSU Laptop Center (Student Union)
    • Free labor
    • Computer support
    • Viruses
  • SDSU Support Desk (Admin 131)
    • 688-6776 or supportdesk@sdstate.edu
    • Support on SDSU systems (Email, WebAdvisor, etc)
registration status
Registration & Status
  • Transcripts
    • SDSU needs final official transcripts from all previous institutions – failure to submit can block registration
  • Immunization records
    • MMR shots are also required for all students taking classes on campus– failure to submit can block registration
  • Active Status
    • To maintain active status students must be registered for each semester of the academic year (excluding summer).
    • Students who fail to register will be considered inactive and will have to reapply
    • Graduate assistants must register for a minimum of 1 credit (including summer) in order to keep assistantship
advisory committee
Advisory Committee
    • Major advisor – chairperson, must have Grad Faculty Status
    • Program representative – from major or related dept.
    • Additional member – major department or related department – can be a professional with outstanding academic record or knowledge of the field outside the university
    • Graduate Faculty Representative – assigned by the Graduate School, from a discipline not closely related to the major/minor. Ensures that rules and regulations are followed, acts as the students advocate
  • Master’s students - first semester or as soon as practical after beginning degree program
  • Doctoral - first semester or prior to twelve (12) semester hours of Graduate work
plan of study
Plan of Study
  • List of agreed upon courses which will complete degree requirements
  • Doctoral students will meet with advisory committee before submitting Plan
  • Submit the first semester of graduate work or prior to 50% of credits towards graduation
scheduling comps orals
Scheduling Comps & Orals
  • All Comprehensive and Final Written and Oral exams must be scheduled through the Graduate School
  • Oral exams are required for all programs
    • For Master’s Thesis students, the Oral Exam is the defense
    • For Doctoral Students the final oral exam is the Dissertation Defense

Master’s Written and Oral Exams

  • Comprehensive Written Exams are only required by some departments
    • Must be scheduled at least two weeks before final oral
  • Request to schedule orals must be submitted 10 working days before oral exam
  • Oral exam must be complete by date published for graduation during that semester

Doctoral Written and Oral Exams

  • Comprehensive written exam is administered after coursework has been substantially completed
  • Comprehensive oral exam is scheduled upon satisfactory completion of written
  • Forms for all exams need to be submitted no more than 10 working days before scheduled exam
  • Oral comprehensive exam must be at least 2 months before final dissertation defense
  • Final Orals complete by published deadline to graduate during the same semester
thesis dissertation
Thesis & Dissertation
  • SDSU Graduate School has set format requirements for binding purposes
    • Available on SDSU’s website
  • Department may also have guidelines specific to your area of study
  • Follow all printed submission dates published by the graduate school each semester
                  • Watch for announcements re: Thesis/Dissertation Formatting workshop – Fall 2012

Q & A

Door prizes

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