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Preparing to Graduate

Preparing to Graduate

Also see the Graduate School's Graduation Information where you will find other useful links such as graduate certification. You will need to access PAWS to apply for graduation and for several other things.

Apply to Graduate:

At the beginning of the semester you anticipate graduation, you should apply to graduate. The application for graduation can be done on-line through the student registration PAWS system.  Check the graduate certification materials on the graduate school website for the official application deadlines. 

Meet with the Graduate Advisor:

The graduate advisor must submit a study plan in your final semester that lists all the courses taken to satisfy the graduation requirements. Meeting with the graduate advisor at the beginning of the semester will ensure you are aware of all graduation requirements.

Take Standardized Exam:

The department requires the submission of standardized test scores from the MAT, GRE, or GMAT. You can register for one of these exams through the EIU testing office on 9th Street 581-5986 or UIUC Turner Student Services 610 East John St. 217-244-1342. Have the examination results sent to EIU Graduate School to the Attention of the Economics Graduate Advisor.

Certificate of Comprehensive Knowledge:

Our department requires a certificate of comprehensive knowledge which is signed by three members of the graduate faculty. This certificate is not submitted to the graduate school until after the receipt of the standardized exam scores and the successful completion of the Graduate Forum (non-thesis) or Thesis Defense.

Non-thesis Option:

Students pursuing a non-thesis degree must register for the Graduate Forum 5960 in the first week of the relevant semester. The Graduate Forum is a one-semester hour course which requires the forum participants research an assigned project under faculty advisement.  A joint presentation is made at the end of the semester to a committee of Graduate Faculty members.  Evaluations are based on semester progress and the final presentation. 

Thesis Option:  

Students pursuing the thesis degree must register for Thesis 5950 in the first week of the relevant semester. Contact the department chair to register for this class. Before registering for the thesis hours, you should speak with the graduate advisor and relevant faculty to determine your thesis committee members and the chair of your thesis committee.  Upon completion of your thesis, you must schedule a thesis defense.   To ensure compliance with departmental and college requirements for the submission of your thesis, please review the pertinent materials at the Graduate School's Miscellaneous Forms and Information and the Economic Department's Process for Submitting a Completed Thesis> .