FAQs for Current Students
How do I choose my committee?
Your major professor is automatically a member of your committee. Each committee shall be composed of members from more than one discipline. For the Masters a minimum of three members is required; for the Ph.D. a minimum of four members is required. You should ask faculty members to be on your committee that compliment your research interests but that will provide balance from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Appointment of Major Professor and/or Committee Form
Study Plan and Committee Change Form
Non-Thesis Requirement Report Form
Report of Preliminary Examination and Advancement to Candidacy
For a complete list of steps to the degree, please refer to the Water Resources Handbook on this page.
Can I audit classes? How many?
Yes. There is no limit to the number of classes a graduate student can audit, however, audited courses cannot count on your study plan.
What if I get a "D" in a course?
Only courses with a grade of "C" or better can be placed on your study plan.
Do I need to present my research?
Yes, for both thesis and dissertation options you will need to present your research. Many students present in their WR 501 seminar class.
Where can I find specific information about the thesis format?
The College of Graduate Studies has a thesis and dissertation handbook.
Do I have to publish my research if I am doing a thesis?
You have an obligation to make your research available to other scholars so you are highly encouraged to publish in referred journals or presses.
After I defend my thesis, how long do I have to turn in my final thesis to the College of Graduate Studies so that I can graduate?
You have six months from the day you defend to turn in your thesis.
How many copies of my thesis do I need to submit?
You are required to submit two copies on bond paper to the College of Graduate Studies. The Environmental Science Program and your major professor will need one copy (not required on bond paper).
What if I fail my defense?
You have three months in which to re-present your thesis.