Frequently Asked Questions

What is classified graduate standing?

What does conditionally classified mean?

What if I cannot attend during the first semester of my admission?

What is the timeline for completing my program?
What is candidacy?

When should I apply for advancement to candidacy and graduation?

What if I have questions about my degree check?

How do I change my advisor and/or a committee member?

How do I change a course or courses on my approved graduate course list?

Do I need to have a format review of my thesis or project done by Graduate Studies? My committee and/or program graduate coordinator already reviewed my format.

My thesis/project has been approved by my committee. What are the steps to submit my thesis/ project?

What is the deadline for thesis/ project submission?

What is considered full time status for a graduate student?

Where do I find information about commencement?

What color Master's hood should I wear?

Where and when will I receive my diploma?

What if I have already filed to graduate but something happens and I need to change my graduation to a later semester?

Do I have a time limit to complete my Master's degree?

Can I skip a semester?

How can I apply for an educational leave of absence?

How can I register for graduate continuous enrollment through Extended Education?

 

What is classified graduate standing?

A classified graduate student has been admitted to the university and fulfilled all program admission requirements.
 
 

What does conditionally classified mean?

A conditionally classified graduate student has been admitted to the university, but has not yet satisfied all program admission requirements. Your admission letter from HSU as well as your "My Checklist" on myHumboldt will state what specific documents or tasks you need to complete in order to fulfill program requirements and progress to classified graduate standing.
 
 

What if I cannot attend during the first semester of my admission?

HSU does not defer admission, so if for any reason you cannot attend your first semester you will need to re-apply to the university for the next semester you want to attend.
 
 

What is the timeline for completing my program?

The Graduate Student Success Plan details the timeline for most grad programs. On average HSU grad students complete their degree in 5 semesters.
 
 
 

What is candidacy?

A student who has advanced to candidacy is officially recognized by the university as a candidate for the degree. Your advancement to candidacy serves as a contract between Humboldt State University and you indicating that by successfully completing the courses and culminating experience listed on the candidacy application you will receive a master's degree from Humboldt State University.
 
 

When should I apply for advancement to candidacy and graduation?

It is recommended that you apply for candidacy and graduation at least one semester before finishing all your degree requirements. Early application ensures that you will receive your degree check in time for adequate planning for your final semester(s) of enrollment.
 
 
 

What if I have questions about my degree check?

Christian Guillen, Office of the Registrar, is the degree counselor for all master’s degree options. Please contact by phone at 707.826.6231 or via email at Christian [dot] Guillen [at] humboldt [dot] edu.
 
 

How do I change my advisor and/or a committee member?

Once you have advanced to candidacy any changes to your contract need to be proposed with a Request for Program Variation or Waiver form. You will need to get approval from both current and proposed advisor/committee member, your committee, program graduate coordinator and the Graduate Dean.
 
 
 

How do I change a course or courses on my approved graduate course list?

Once you have advanced to candidacy any changes to your contract need to be proposed with a Request for Program Variation or Waiver form. You will need to get approval from your advisor, committee members, program graduate coordinator and the Graduate Dean.
 
 
 

Do I need to have a format review of my thesis or project done by Graduate Studies? My committee and/or program graduate coordinator already reviewed my format.

Yes, a format review by Graduate Studies is required. The purpose of the format requirement is to ensure that every thesis or project that will carry the name of Humboldt State University meets the same standards of presentation. These standards become even more important with the change to digital archival of theses because of increased visibility.
 
 

My thesis/project has been approved by my committee. What are the steps to submit my thesis/ project?

Learn how to request a thesis or project format review and submit your final document for archiving at Final Steps: Submitting your Thesis or Project 
 
 

What is the deadline for thesis/ project submission?

Check with your department/graduate program coordinator for their internal deadlines to allow sufficient time for review. The deadlines to submit your thesis/project to Academic Programs/Graduate Studies office are:
  • Spring graduation: May 10th
  • Summer graduation: July 25th
  • Fall graduation: December 10th

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What is considered full time status for a graduate student?

Enrollment in 9 units of coursework constitutes full time enrollment.
 
 

Where do I find information about commencement?

 

What color Master's hood should I wear?

 
Biology: Gold
Business: Drab
Education: Light Blue
English: White
Environment & Community (Social Science): Citron
Environmental Systems: Gold
Kinesiology: Sage
Natural Resources: Gold
Psychology: White
Social Work: Citron
Sociology: White
Theatre Arts: Brown
 
 

Where and when will I receive my diploma?

Approximately three to four months after the semester has officially ended your diploma will be mailed to the address on your student profile. Keep your personal information such as address, email and phone numbers updated on MyHumboldt. For additional information visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.
 

What if I have already filed to graduate but something happens and I need to change my graduation to a later semester?

To change your graduation date, download the printable Graduation Date Change Request (pdf) or submit online at www.humboldt.edu/registrarforms.
Students who postpone graduation after the expected date of graduation has passed will be charged a $25 re-application fee.
 
 

Do I have a time limit to complete my Master's degree?

Title 5 Education of the California Administrative Code of Regulations limits the maximum time for completing a master’s degree program to seven years. See the Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.
 
 

Can I skip a semester?

An educational leave of absence must be requested if you will not be attending HSU each semester.
 
 

How can I apply for an educational leave of absence?

You must attend at least one term prior to requesting a leave of absence. Complete an Educational Leave Agreement and obtain approval from your advisor, committee (if applicable) and program graduate coordinator.
 
Deliver request to the Office of Academic Programs by the published deadline. See Calendar of Activities and Deadlines for last day to file for an educational leave. See the university catalog and Graduate Student Handbook for educational leave policy. 
 
 
 

How can I register for graduate continuous enrollment through Extended Education?

The minimum requirements to enroll in one unit of a discipline-specific x693 course are advancement to candidacy, current graduation date on file, and completed all your coursework. In addition, each program has specific requirements. Bring your completed form to Academic Programs SH 217A for verification of candidacy and graduation date.
 
If your request is approved by Graduate Studies, obtain signatures of your advisor and graduate program coordinator, before submitting form to the College of eLearning and Extended Education Graduate Continuous Enrollment Authorization