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Master's Degree Plan C


A master's degree option with no thesis or Plan B paper is available in some programs. A departmentally approved program that includes a culminating creative or integrative experience must be filed with the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Generally, a course or seminar on research methods is required, but thesis credits are not accepted. Plan C students should contact their departments early in the final semester to be certain that all degree requirements, including completion of graduation forms, will be met and that all appropriate paperwork has been sent to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Master's Degree Plan C Forms

Supervisory Committee Approval form

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Due: If required, by the end of the second semester
Signatures needed: Major professor, committee members, department head

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Some departments and programs require a Supervisory Committee Approval form for Plan C students while others do not. Check with your department to determine whether or not one is required. A Supervisory Committee Approval form confirms and formalizes the names of authorized individuals who will serve on a student's committee. If a Supervisory Committee Approval form is required, it must be filed by the end of the second semester. When completing the Supervisory Committee Approval form, please follow instructions 1-5 in the lower left corner of the form.

No changes can be made on a Supervisory Committee Approval form within the 6 weeks prior to a student's final defense.

Note: A master's degree supervisory committee must include at least 3 faculty members who are approved by the department head and the dean of graduate studies. At least 1 member must represent the student's area of specialization and at least 1 must be from outside the specialization area. Adjunct faculty can be members with the approval of the dean of graduate studies. Upon recommendation of the department head, emeritus faculty may serve on supervisory committees, but may not chair new committees.

For information about the guidelines for supervisory committee appointments, click here.




Program of Study form

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Due: By the end of the second semester
Signatures needed: Major professor, committee members, department head, student

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The Program of Study form constitutes a contract between the student, the committee, and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies regarding what courses a student will take in completion of his or her program requirements.

The original Program of Study form with signatures in ink should be submitted to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies by the student by the end of the second semester following matriculation. Amendments to the Program of Study form can be made with an e-mail from the major professor to Laura Holley (Laura.Holley@usu.edu) and carbon copies (CCs) must be sent to all committee members. No changes can be made to the Program of Study form within the 2 months prior to the defense.

Hint: Graduate students using university facilities or faculty time must be registered for a minimum of 3 graduate credits every semester until completion of all degree requirements.

A graduate student who is not using university facilities or faculty time may meet the continuous registration requirement by paying the Continuous Registration Fee of $100 per semester (not necessary for summer semester). This alternative requires a written request from the department head, including verification that the student is not using university facilities and/or faculty time. International students usually do not qualify to pay the Continuous Registration Fee because of immigration regulations.

See General Catalog for more information.




Plan C Completion of Requirements form

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Due dates for this form are:

  • Fall semester completion: October 15
  • Spring semester completion: February 15
  • Summer semester completion: June 15
Signatures needed: Major professor

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A Plan C Completion of Requirements form is submitted by the student's department during the semester of completion. The purpose of the Plan C Completion of Requirements form is to notify the Office of Research and Graduate Studies of the student's intent to complete during that semester, enabling the Office of Research and Graduate Studies staff to confirm that all requirements have been met and the necessary paperwork has been submitted by the student. If a student is completing during summer semester but wants to participate in spring commencement, the department may submit the Plan C Completion of Requirements form by February 15.




Master's Degree Plan C Checklist

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  • Supervisory Committee form approved and up-to-date (end of the second semester). Some departments and programs require a Committee form while others do not. Check with your department to determine whether or not one is required.
  • Program of Study form approved (end of the second semester). All courses listed on the form have been taken and grades submitted. If there is to be any change on the Program of Study form, an e-mail from your major professor, sent to Laura Holley (Laura.Holley@usu.edu), is needed authorizing the change.
  • No coursework (including transfer credit) on the Program of Study form is out-of-date (older than eight years). If so, has the major professor been notified? If revalidation is allowed by the department, the major professor must send a letter to the dean of graduate studies outlining how the courses will be revalidated.
  • Registered for at least 3 credits the semester of completion of the coursework.
  • Plan C Completion requirements form sent from the major professor. This must be received by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies before the graduation forms can be released. Due dates for this form are as follows:
    • Fall semester completion: October 15
    • Spring semester completion: February 15
    • Summer semester completion: June 15
  • Submission after the semester deadline may jeopardize the desired completion semester.
  • Incomplete grades must be changed by last day of the semester.
  • Letter of Completion from the department head submitted. This letter must verify that all requirements for the degree program have been completed. This letter must be received by the last day of the semester of completion.
  • Graduation forms submitted. These are given to you when the Plan C Completion of Requirements form is received. The following forms must be completed, fees paid (see Diploma Fee Payment form), and the forms returned together to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies:
    • Commencement data card
    • Diploma Fee Payment Form ($15)
    • Alumni file card
    • Student survey
  • NOTE: All requirements and paperwork must be completed by the last day of the semester you plan to graduate and sooner if you plan to participate in commencement.

All requirements and graduation forms must be completed by the last day of the semester you plan to complete your program. Deadlines for spring commencement participation vary.

Diplomas are mailed out 8 to 10 weeks after the end of the semester. The diploma will be mailed to the address provided on the Diploma Fee Payment form.

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