Advisor Review: In the spring of each academic year the Graduate Coordinator will initiate the annual Graduate Student Progress review process.  Each graduate student will be asked to carefully review the information contained in the progress report and to then schedule a meeting with their advisor to assess progress towards degree completion, whether an MS or a PhD.

It is the responsibility of the student to schedule and complete this review with his or her advisor in a timely fashion.  The advisor will note the results of the review in writing, using the annual progress report system.  Copies of all advisor reviews will be placed in the student’s file.

Evaluation of Progress towards completion of Part I of the Qualifying Examination (for Ph.D. students): The Graduate Director will inform each student, in writing, of progress towards the completion of Part I at the end of each semester in which such progress has been expected or made.  A copy of this letter will be placed in the student’s file.

Each student must complete Part I of the Qualifying Examination by the end of the fifth semester after admittance to the Ph.D. program. Students who enter the Ph.D. program with an M.S. degree are encouraged to complete Part I by the end of the third semester after admittance to the Ph.D. program.

Evaluation of Progress towards completion of Part II of the Qualifying Examination (for Ph.D. students): After the selection of a permanent advisor, the student together with the Ph.D. advisor, and sometimes in consultation with additional faculty, will devise a second evaluation to be completed by the student before the preliminary examination, and after the completion of Part I of the qualifying examination.

This evaluation must be completed within two academic years following the passing of Part I of the qualifying examination. The student should demonstrate proficiency on material approximately at the 600-level.  An MS completed at CSU will fulfill Part II, but students coming in with an MS need to fulfill this requirement locally.