An electronic newsletter from the BSU School of Graduate Studies

Vol. 3, No. 12

May 2007


The Process

Registration: Grad classes

Starting the count of seven years to complete a degree

Form 1: Applying for admission to graduate studies

Completing 13-16 graduate credits after admission

Form 2: Applying for candidacy in a graduate degree program

Taking the written exam at the end of course work

Form 3: Proposing a research paper or thesis

Doing the work and writing the results

Form 4: Applying for graduation

Submitting the research paper or thesis for review

Form 5: Scheduling the oral examination

Defending your graduate work




This month . . .


·      Important Reminders for Summer and Fall





 To those students who have made that final stretch and are receiving their degree. 

You’ve waded through the forms, the research, and the papers once again. 

You have been persistent and have made it through the classes and the homework.  

You have jumped through the hoops, and you are on your way to furthering your abilities and authority as a professional in your field. 

You are walking toward the victory circle with the tell-tale paper in your hand.

The School of Graduate Studies would like to wish you well in your future pursuits and offer you our congratulations.

You’ve earned it!


Don’t Forget these Important Commencement Events


May 9 Rehearsal – 3:30 Hagg-Sauer 100


May 18 Events

10:00-12:00 Hobson Memorial Union

Pre-commencement celebration, reception, and brunch for all graduates, hosted by all colleges and departments

1:00 Memorial 100

Assembly for the Commencement Walk along Birchmont Drive and Birch Lane to the John Glas Fieldhouse

2:00 John Glas Fieldhouse, Physical Education Complex




Important Reminders for the Coming Summer Sessions and Fall Semester



Update on Tuition and Fee Due Dates:

Effective fall semester 2007, tuition and fees must be paid in full no later than the first day of the term.


If not, the student’s classes will be dropped!


Exceptions. A student will not be dropped for non-payment if any one of the following criteria is met: The student has:


a. applied for financial aid and the university has received the FAFSA results from the U.S. Department of Education.

b. made a minimum down-payment to tuition and fees of 15% or $300, whichever is less, and has an active payment plan contract.

c. a scholarship or third-party award that meets the minimum down-payment rule.

d. enrolled in the PSEO program.

e. tuition and fees deferred for special hardship cases such as sudden illness, a death in   

     the family, or natural disaster.





Time For Summer Session Enrollment:


Look into the wonderful classes that are being offered this summer.  Take the opportunity to get ahead on your program requirements. 

Payments must be made for Summer I courses by June 1st and July 1st for Summer II courses. 


Fall Enrollment Now Open:


Fall enrollment is now open!  Don’t forget to sign up for fall courses.  Don’t miss out on required courses.  Enroll in Fall classes now! 


UNIV 6000 – Don’t Forget!!!


Students who are not enrolled in any other classes will need to make sure they enroll in UNIV 6000 (Summer# – 081549; Fall# – 084166) to maintain active status. 

A graduate student who has been admitted into a specific graduate program but does not register every fall, spring, and summer term is considered to have withdrawn and will have to reactivate their program by petitioning to be reinstated.

If you desire to maintain active status, enroll in UNIV 6000 (Summer# – 081549; Fall# – 084166) today!!



Tracking down those Graduate Assistantships


It’s time to start looking for Graduate Assistantships for fall (and possibly summer) terms. 


Remember that a Graduate Assistant position covers the cost of tuition up to six (6) credits per semester (a total of 12 credits per year), as well as provides a stipend of $8,500 for the 2007-2008 academic year. 


Be sure to start asking your Graduate Coordinator and/or Department Chair about positions that are available to you, both within and outside of your program/department.


Also look at the Graduate Studies website for a list of departments that have possible positions available.

(Note: The list records positions that currently exist, but they are not necessarily open.  You will need to contact the department to ensure that the position is available.)


Keep an eye on your student email this summer, as the School of Graduate Studies occasionally sends out notices of open GA positions.  Also access the BSU Graduate Community site for an ongoing list of open positions (coming soon).


Don’t Forget Online Billing!!!

Effective Spring 2007


BSU will no longer be invoicing students through the U.S. mail.  You will need to check your account by accessing the BSU website.


Go to:


In the middle of the page, you will find a link called “Register online.”  Insert your tech ID and your PIN# to access your account.





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