GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETING ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY FORM MASTER’S DEGREE

GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETING ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY FORM MASTER’S DEGREE
GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETING
ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY FORM
MASTER’S DEGREE
These guidelines must be followed in completing the Advancement to Candidacy form. This form lists the specific
requirements (i.e., courses, exams, thesis/project) to be completed before a Master’s degree can be awarded. When the
Advancement form is accepted and approved by the Graduate Dean, a student is officially advanced to degree candidacy.
The student must submit three (3) copies (one original & two copies) of the signed form to the Office of Graduate Studies
for processing
1.
Name - Be consistent. Submit a Data Change form for name changes – keep our records current.
2.
Enter your Student Identification number (Sac State ID)
3.
Address - Alert Graduate Center staff of address changes. Keep your address current. You could miss important
notices or your diploma may be mailed to an old address.
4.
Phone/e-mail - We may need to contact you with questions about your record.
5.
Major (i.e., Business, English, Psychology, Counseling, Social Work)
6.
Concentration (i.e., Finance, Creative Writing) - Do not list areas of study such as Software
Engineering for Computer Science.
7.
Catalog - Enter catalog years used in listing courses completed (i.e., 2008 - 10 catalog). All required
courses listed in the catalog must be accounted for on the Advancement form (if a course substitution
is made, it should be noted with an asterisk () on the Advancement form). After the Advancement to
Candidacy form has been approved by the Graduate Dean all changes must be submitted for approval on a
Petition for Exception.
8.
Check if Graduate Writing Requirements have been completed - The writing proficiency requirement must be
satisfied according to University policy before a student may advance to candidacy. Effective Fall 1996, students
admitted to the University may not use CBEST or the English Diagnostic Test as a waiver for the Writing
Proficiency Requirement.
9.
List advisor and committee members - Please print first and last names. Members who are non-tenured or
tenure track faculty must receive approval from the Graduate Dean to serve on the Master’s Committee.
The following applies to #10 – #12: At the Master’s level, no grade below a “B” (3.0 grade points per unit) may be
counted toward the degree unless expressly permitted by a campus-approved graduate programs’ written
policies.
10.
List the core courses as listed in the catalog year you are using - Any substitutions to the core
courses must be noted, and a rational provided on a separate sheet.
11.
List the courses taken for the area of study, electives, or concentration - If more space is needed to list
courses, a Page 2 form is available at the Office of Graduate Studies, some Department
Offices or at www.csus.edu/gradstudies (must submit three (3) copies of the form with signatures).
12.
List the Culminating Experience you will be completing (e.g. Govt. 500) - Include number of units to be
taken.
13.
Sign and Date the form
14.
Advisor’s signature - [For Special Majors: The two committee members should sign on this line.]
15.
The Graduate Coordinator’s (faculty member) signature is required, except in the case of a Special Major.
[Special Major - Applicants should obtain the signatures of their Committee Members on line 14. The Graduate
Dean serves as the Graduate Coordinator for Special Major students]
NOTE: ATC cancelled if discontinued and / or not maintained Continuous Enrollment (after initial enrollment
Culminating Experience)
of
Dec 2012
Office of Graduate Studies
Application for Advancement to Candidacy
Master's Degree
Deadlines: October 1 (Advance for Spring term) / February 1 (Advance for Fall term)
Submit three (3) signed copies (one original and two copies) and keep a copy for your records
1. Name:
2. SID:
Last
First
MI
3. Address
Number & Street
4. Phone:
City
(Primary)
State & Zip
(Secondary)
Email:
5. Major:
6. Concentration
7. Catalog:
8. Writing Requirement Met?
Yes
9. Advisor:
No
(please print)
Committee Members:
10. List CORE courses needed for Master's program only
Subject
Course
Number
Title of Course
School
Instructor
Semester
Units
Grade*
11. List courses for Concentration and / or Electives (use page 2, if necessary):
12. List Culminating Experience (once selected, it may not be changed without a Petition for Exception) * :
Check One:  Thesis
13
 Project
Applicant's Signature:
 Exam**
Date:
14
15
Faculty Advisor Signature
BA / BS Verification
Units Completed:
7-year Deadline:
Date
WPG
Graduate Coordinator Signature (required)
GPA
Date
Approved Date:
200-level units completed:
Dean, Office of Graduate Studies:
* Leave grade blank, if in progress.
** Once taken exam, may not switch to Thesis / Project option
2013/5
Application for Advancement to Candidacy for Master's Degree
Continue #11 ‐ List courses for concentration and / or electives
Subject
Course Number
*Leave grade blank if course is in progress.
Course Title
Instructor
Semester
Units Grade*
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