Here is an index to some of the processes you may use during your graduate career at UW-River Falls. If you have additional questions, please contact the Graduate Studies Office.
If you are unable to complete your program of study within a seven-year time limit, you may appeal once for an extension. Acceptable reasons would include unusual health conditions, fulfillment of military obligations or similar extenuating circumstances.
To make an appeal you would complete the appropriate form and return it to the Graduate Studies Office. In your appeal you must include
The Director of Graduate Studies will review the request and notify the student and the adviser of the decision.
You will defend your master's paper in an oral examination conducted by the three members of your graduate committee. The final copy of your paper, with a cover sheet signed by your adviser, must be submitted to the Graduate Office. In addition, Plan B research papers must adhere to guidelines for mandatory submission to the university's repository in the Chalmer Davee Library, MINDS@UW-River Falls. The checklist and submission form can be found at the MINDS Submission Information page.
If you are a returning graduate student in good academic standing, you may complete a re-entry request form instead of a complete graduate application. Students who wish to change their program of study or status from temporary student to pursue a degree or certificate will need to complete the full graduate admission process. See Apply Online.
See Course Load Rules to determine if you will exceed the course load limits for a particular term. To request an exception, you will need to complete the Excess Load form and obtain signatures from your adviser and the Director of Graduate Studies. In some cases a copy of your transcript may be required. It is your responsibility to submit the completed form to the Registrar's Office before the end of the first week of classes for the term that you are requesting an exception.
To schedule your oral examination, you will coordinate the date, time and location with your assigned graduate committee members. Once you have scheduled your exam, send an email with this information to the Graduate Studies Office at least two weeks before the examination date and not later than four weeks before the end of your final term. Your email should include confirmation from the committee members that they can attend the scheduled date and time.
If your final term happens to be during the summer, you must make your scheduling arrangements during the previous spring term.
If your degree plan requires you to complete a written comprehensive examination you would schedule this exam with your department.
Because each member of your graduate committee must approve your completed thesis, you must inform all three members of the committee about the development of the problem, research progress, and results, as well as the writing of the thesis. You will defend your thesis in an oral examination. Once your paper has been approved by your graduate committee, you will submit it for binding.
Two copies of the thesis must be bound. One copy will go to your adviser and one will be submitted to the UWRF Library academic repository. To have your thesis bound, you will first pay the $10 fee per copy to the Student Billing and Financial Aid Service Counter in 315 North Hall (Map) and then bring your receipt, two copies of the thesis and cover page to the Graduate Office for signature by the Graduate Studies Director. The copies will then be sent out for binding.
It is your responsibility to check the manuscripts for proper pagination and deliver them to the Graduate Office. Acceptable margins are either one-inch margin on all sides or a wider margin on the left to accommodate the binding. The cover sheet for the thesis must be signed by your adviser and your Graduate Committee.
Plan A theses must adhere to guidelines for mandatory submission to the university's academic repository at MINDS@UW-River Falls. The checklist and submission form can be found at MINDS Submission Information.