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Graduate Student Information

ADVS Graduate Handbook
USU Graduate Catalog

Memorandum of Understanding Forms
ADVS-BS to MS
ADVS-MS to PhD
ADVS-BS to PhD

Credit Requirements 

BS to MS requirements

BS-MS Total of 30 credits total

At least 15 credits of 6000 level or above (includes thesis credits)

Need at least 1 credits of ADVS 6800 Seminar

6-15 Thesis credits

24 credits of residency

No more than 12 credits taken from another institution

No grades below C

6 years to complete

BS to PhD requirements

Total of 70 credits

At least 30 credits of 6000 level or above (includes dissertation credits)

Need at three separate semesters of ADVS 6800 Seminar (may substitute two of the three with ADVS6810 Seminar in Toxicology)

18 dissertation credits

33 credits of residency

No more than 12 credits taken from another institution

Maintain a 3.0 GPA

No grades below C

8 years to complete

MS - PhD requirements

MS-PHD Total of 42 credits

At least 15 credits of 6000 level or above (includes dissertation credits)

Need at two separate semesters of ADVS 6800 Seminar (may substitute one of the two with ADVS6810 Seminar in Toxicology)

12 dissertation credits

33 credits of residency

No more than 12 credits taken from another institution

Maintain a 3.0 GPA

No grades below C

8 years to complete

MPH Online Program

MPH Online Program

42 required credits (course outline https://mph.usu.edu/degrees/veterinary-public-health/)

Plan A or Practicum

Maintain a 3.0 GPA

No grades below C

Other items to remember

  • Coursework at 5000 level or below (must be outside your department)
  • Register for 3 credits during your semester you defend to be considered “full-time.” You can register for 1 credit if no financial obligations “loans” or not on an assistantship.
  • Research and Integrity Course or CITI training needs to be completed
  • P Pass grade can only be used for credits in seminars, thesis or dissertation, and continuing grad advisement courses.

Graduate School Forms
(All forms are submitted through servicenow.usu.edu)
SCAF Supervisory Committee Form - submitted end of 1st semester for MS, and submitted end of 2nd semester for PhD.  Cannot change 90 days prior to defense.
POS - Program of Student - Plan prepared in degreeworks. Degree plan submitted in servicenow by the end of your 2nd or 3rd semester.  Cannot change 90 days prior to defense. (Must be submitted by the GPC Graduate Program Coordinator)
TPA Master's Thesis/Project Approval Form- submitted after student successfully defends a research proposal and have  the necessary regulatory approvals to conduct that research. Completed during 2nd or 3rd semester. Submitted 3 months prior to defense.
ACDD Application for Candidacy- completed after you finish your comprehensive exams. Submit at least three months prior to your final defense.
AFE - Appointment for Examination  must be submitted 10 business days prior to the defense  (department suggestion 30 days prior to defense) The title page is submitted to the graduate school at the same time
Work with your GPC to submit these forms
ROE – Record of Examination – submitted by GPC after defense decision is made.
F&S – Format and Style Form – submitted after your defense
A&C- Authorship and Copyright – submitted after your defense
EMB- Embargo Form – submitted to digitalcommons after your defense (policy may change by SGS)

Graduate Student Defense and Graduation Information
Graduate students should submit their thesis/dissertation 30 days prior to defense with a minimum of 2 weeks.  Only minor edits should be needed after a successful defense. 

Defense Outline
The format for your public defense  is an introduction, presentation, followed by questions by questions.  Participants can ask questions during the presentation if needed and at the end. The public defense shows a rational for your data and the critical assessment and interpretation of that data to show the depth knowledge. 

Non-public defense is open to all faculty members by typically the students supervisory committee.  Additional questions and follow up take place during this period. 

Grace Semester
This semester is only used on rare occasions a study did not complete all edits within the weeks after their defense. 

Graduate Resources

Graduate Student Resources