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ADVS Graduate Student Resources

ADVS Graduate Program Office
Dr. Lee Rickords, Graduate Program Director
435-797-2195 | lee.rickords@usu.edu | AGRS 248B

Cara Allen, Graduate Program Coordinator
435-797-2162 | cara.allen@usu.edu | AGRS 248

GENERAL INFORMATION
New Grad Student Orientation Information

Academic and Registration Calendar
usu.edu/calendar/academic

Degree Requirements - All requirements are listed in the USU graduate catalog. You will still be responsible for all policy requirements listed in the general catalog. This list is only a summary of the most common requirements.

BS to MS requirements

BS to MS Total of 30 credits
At least 15 credits of 6000 level or above (includes thesis credits)
Need at least 1 credit 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

At least 30 credits of 6000 level or above (includes dissertation credits)
Need three separate semesters of ADVS 6800 Seminar ( may substitute two of the three with ADVS 6810 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 to PhD requirements

MS-PhD Total of 42 credits
At least 15 credits of 6000 level or above includes dissertation credits)
Need two separate semesters of ADVS 6800 Seminar (may substitute one of the two with ADVS 6810 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

Total 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 Requirements to remember

  • Coursework at 5000 level or below (must be outside your department)
  • Register for 3 credits during semester you defend to be considered "full-time."
  • Research and Integrity Course or CITI training needs to be complete
  • P Pass grade can only be used or credits in seminars, thesis or dissertation, and continuing grad advisement courses.

Frequently Asked Questions
In the registration system, click on the tab for "Schedules and Options" in the upper portion, this will show all courses registered and the HOURS.  Then click on the credit amount and you should be able to change the number of credits.

Deadlines - See registration calendar at https://catalog.usu.edu/ go to calendar tab.

Health Insurance - Contact Student Health Services at 435-797-1660.

Important Links
ADVS Graduate Handbook
USU Graduate Catalog
USU Policy Library

Departmental Forms to complete as the start of your program
Memorandum of Understanding- BS to MS
Memorandum of Understanding- MS to PHD
Memorandum of Understanding- BS to PHD
Memorandum of Understanding- ClinPathResidency

Assistantship Responsibilities
Teaching Assistant Responsibilities
Teaching Assistant Workshop online
FERPA training
Campus Safety Training for Teaching
Campus Safety Training for Students

Additional Training
Integrity & Compliance training with CITI
Environmental Health & Safety Training
Safety Policy 337
Additional training as assigned by Major Professor

Teaching Resources
Academic & Instructional Services
Empowering Teaching Excellence Website

Graduate School Timeline and Forms
Entire page includes committee responsibilities, timeline. form completions and final defense and degree completion

Writing your Thesis or Dissertation
Suggestions for students
Publication Guide

Defense Information
Graduate students should submit their thesis/dissertation 30 days prior to defense with a minimum of two weeks.

The format for your public defense is an introduction, presentation, followed 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 of knowledge.

The non-public defense is open to all faculty members but typically the student's supervisory committee members.  Additional questions and follow up take place during this period.

Additional Defense Information