M.A. and Ph.D.


Forms, Policies and Handbook
For all other policy questions, consult the Handbook:
  • Ph.D. Handbook (Fall 2018+ admits)
  • Ph.D. Handbook (Fall 2017 - Summer 2018 admits)
  • Ph.D. Handbook (Spring 2014  - Summer 2017 admits)
  • Ph.D. Handbook (Fall 2013 and earlier admits)
  • M.A. Handbook (Fall 2018+ admits)
  • M.A. Handbook (Fall 2017 - Summer 2018 admits)
  • M.A. Handbook (Spring 2014  - Summer 2017 admits)
  • M.A. Handbook (Fall 2013 and earlier admits)
Travel Awards
C&I M.A. and Ph.D. students may Apply for travel awards at any time. Support is in the form of reimbursement after travel is complete. Funding also available from GradSEHD and COGS

Awards are granted to conference presenters, not participants. Recipients participate in the annual Emerging Scholar's Conference (formerly C+I Student Research Day). 

Award Maximums: 
  • $400 - domestic travel
  • $600 - Canada | Hawaii
  • $800 - International Travel
  • $3,000 - total while in program
  • One conference per year 
M.A. Student Resources
After you register for your final classes, complete the planning form and return it to the Graduate Studies Coordinator (see contact info at bottom of page). 
  • Art - A | B
  • Elementary - A | B
  • Learning technologies - A | B
  • Literacy - A | B
  • Mathematics (Fall 2016 - Sum 2018 admits) - A | B
  • Mathematics (Fall 2018+ admits) - A | B
  • Science - A | B
  • Second Language - A | B
  • TESOL - A | B
  • Social Studies - A | B
  • 10 thesis credits
  • Approximately 450 hours of work
  • Involves original research in the form of a "mini-dissertation" divided into chapters
  • Is likely to require human subjects (IRB) approval
  • Final copy is bound and submitted to the Graduate School 
  • Often pursued by students who intend to pursue a Ph.D.*
*Completing a thesis does not guarantee admission to a Ph.D. program, though, if accepted, the thesis can serve as the basis of your dissertation. 

  • 3 credit "Problems" course for all sub-plans except TESOL
  • Approximately 120 hours of work
  • Results in 1 paper, 40-60 pages in length, divided into sections. Or 2 papers, each 20-30 pages
  • May or many not involve human subjects (IRB) approval
  • Final copy is not submitted to the graduate school
  • Often pursued by students who aren't committed to pursuing a Ph.D.*
*It is possible to complete a final paper and later pursue your Ph.D. You will apply with less research experience, but will still be considered for admission based on the strength of your application.


Language Requirement for TESOL students 
Talk to your faculty adviser and have the Language Certification by Graduate Department completed, OR work with the language department where you wish to be certified and have the Language Department Certification for Foreign Language Proficiency completed. 

Ph.D. Student Resources
2019-20 Core courses


What are the preliminary exam requirements?
  • After you have registered for your last semester of coursework, turn in your completed PhD Planning Form to the Graduate Studies Coordinator and then submit your Graduate Planning & Audit System (GPAS). 
  • Assign members to your prelim committee after your GPAS has been submitted and approved. Not all faculty may serve on your committee. Find committee members in the Graduate Faculty Role List Database; search under 'Education, Curric & Instr PhD'.
  • Schedule the Prelim Oral Exam with the Graduate School at least one week in advance. Contact the Graduate Studies Coordinator to reserve a room for your exam.

  • Assign members to your doctoral final oral exam committee at least one month prior to the exam. Not all faculty may serve on your committee. Find committee members in the Graduate Faculty Role List Database; search under 'Education, Curric & Instr PhD'.
  • Request the Graduation Packet after your final oral exam committee has been fully approved. Your graduation packet should be requested no earlier than the beginning of the semester you plan to graduate.
  • Schedule your oral exam with the Graduate School at least one week in advance of the date/time agreed upon by committee members.  Contact the Graduate Studies Coordinator to reserve a room for your exam. 
  • Send your dissertation to your committee two weeks prior to your final oral exam date. Acquire signatures on your Reviewers Report Form (found in the graduation packet) prior to your final oral exam date. The signed Reviewers Report Form is scanned and sent electronically to gssp@umn.edu, cc Cigs@umn.edu
  • Once your signed Reviewers Report Form is received, GSSP will send you emailed notification when your Final Oral Exam Form is ready to be picked up in 333 Bruininks Hall. The Final Oral Exam Form is brought to your final oral exam for your committee to sign. The signed Final Oral Exam Form is scanned and sent electronically to gssp@umn.edu, cc Cigs@umn.edu
Pro-seminars are short, content-rich seminars that C&I faculty develop to help graduate students navigate the sometimes murky ocean of academia. 

Contact

Contact for help with academic and administrative issues:

Kristina Pearson
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Cigs@umn.edu
125H Peik Hall




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