Forms and Requirements for Master's Students—MS, MFor, MBA

Master's students may choose one of three options to complete their degrees:

  • Thesis option. Students complete course work and a thesis.
  • Report option. Students complete course work and a report.
  • Course work option. Students complete course work. Some programs may also require an oral and/or written exam.

Each option has different requirements, as summarized in the table below. All required forms (marked with an "X") are due in the Graduate School at the time indicated in the form description.

See Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, or Master of Forestry for additional degree requirements.

TRACK PROGRESS: Students can check MyMichiganTech for a checklist of items that are needed to complete a degree. See our tutorial for a walkthrough.

The forms don't work. What should I do?

All Graduate School forms may be completed in newer versions of Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader (v9 or higher).  If you are experiencing problems try:

  1. Switching to a different browser. Currently, Internet Explorer is recommended.
    • There are known incompatibility issues with Firefox v19, Chrome, Preview (the PDF reader on a macintosh) and Linux machines.
    • Students who click on a form link and receive the message, "Please wait.... If this message is not eventually replaced by the proper contents of your document..." have an incompatible browser or plug-in.
  2. Saving the file to your hard drive and open with the newest version of Acrobat Reader rather than clicking on the link and opening in your browser.
    1. Right-click or option-click the hyperlink
    2. Save the form on your hard drive.
    3. Open the file directly from Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
  3. Reconfiguring your browser to open PDF files using a compatible plug-in. Firefox users may reconfigure their browsers using the instructions below:
    1. Select Tools...Options from the menu bar
    2. Select the "Applications" tab in the pop up window
    3. Search for and select "Portable Document Format (PDF)" in the Content Type list
    4. Select "Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox)" as the Action
    5. Press "OK"

TDR-Review is provided as a sample for your information and does not allow data entry, since the Graduate School completes and returns this form for you.

 Thesis OptionReport OptionCourse Work OptionMBA
Official, final transcript from previous college, if it is not Michigan Tech. If this does not include proof-of-degree, then an official proof of final degree is also required.
Before arrival on campus/First semester
Responsible Conduct for Research Training
Patent, Research and Proprietary Rights Agreement
First semester
Advisor and Committee Recommendation Form
Second semester
Advanced Responsible Conduct for Research Training
Second or third academic semester (summers are not counted)
Required for all students who begin a degree in spring 2013 or later
Required for externally funded students who began before spring 2013
Degree Schedule
Semester prior to oral exam OR final semester OR semester prior to moving to full-time research-only mode
Petition to Enter Full-Time Research-Only Mode
(optional - Thesis and Report options only) Due one week prior to the first day of classes in the semester student plans to enter research only mode.
Commencement Application Form
Ten weeks prior to desired commencement ceremony if student wishes to participate in commencement (see "Deadlines")
Draft of thesis or report to Graduate School and committee
Two weeks before oral exam
Pre-defense Form
Two weeks before oral exam.
Report on Final Oral Examination
Immediately after oral examination
Students do not submit this form. It is completed by Graduate School staff and returned to students after review of draft and final theses.
Verification of Final Degree Requirements
Prior to the end of final exam week of final semester
Approval of a Final Dissertation, Thesis, or Report
No more than one week before submitting a final thesis or report
Final PDF of thesis or report to Graduate School
See Deadlines for due dates in upcoming semesters
Degree Completion Form
See Deadlines for due dates in upcoming semesters
Exit Survey
After degree requirements are complete. See Deadlines for due dates in upcoming semesters.
Return University keys to Public Safety, return all library books, and pay any outstanding fees before leaving campus.