Each semester, you should check in with your advisor and/or the Director of Graduate Studies to make sure you're on track. If you choose the thesis or project option, you will begin planning that before your second-last semester begins. In your last semester, whether you're doing the exam, a thesis, or a project, there are a number of important administrative tasks you will need to complete.


Your First Semester

Consult with an advisor and plan your schedule

Students will be assigned a temporary advisor when they enter the program. Consult with that person, other faculty members, and/or the Director of Graduate Studies to plan a schedule for completing the program. Check in every semester to make sure you are on track.

During their first and second semesters, students should meet with many faculty members to find a permanent advisor who matches their intellectual and interpersonal style. The goal is to find the best match in terms of topic and temperament, and students should feel free to switch from a temporary to a permanent advisor at any time. Advisors must be full-time, graduate faculty in the Communication Department; instructors, lecturers, and clinical track faculty are not eligible to serve as students' advisors.


Your Second-Last Semester

Choose an advisor and committee before or at the beginning of your second-last semester

Ask the faculty member of your choice to be your advisor, if you have not already done so. Meet with your advisor and/or the DGS to verify that you are meeting the program requirements. Ask two additional faculty members of your choice to serve on your committee. Inform the DGS about who will serve as your advisor and committee members.

Students who choose the thesis or project option should develop, in consultation with their advisor and committee members, a clear set of deadlines, expectations, and evaluation policies at least 10 months before graduation. This written plan should be submitted to the DGS.

 

Fall 2019

Spring 2020

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

If I graduate this semester, who can be my advisor?

Soumia Bardhan

Larry Erbert

Mia Fischer

Stephen Hartnett

Lisa Keranen

 

Hamilton Bean

 

Sarah Fields

Any newly hired tenure-track faculty, TBD

 

Amy Hasinoff

If I graduate this semester, who can be on my committee?

Anyone who is available above as an advisor can also be a committee member

Yvette Bueno-Olson

Megan Hurson

Tamara Powell

EJ Yoder

Tess Jones (Anschutz Medical Campus)

Remotely from ICB:

  • Patrick Dodge
  • Xiyuan Liu
  • Lu Wu

You can find each person’s areas of expertise by clicking on their profile in the Directory.


Your Last Semester

Submit graduation and exam paperwork and take and defend your exam (or complete and defend a thesis or project)

Find the graduate school’s Graduation Deadlines and the necessary forms on the Graduate School website. The tables below explain all the steps you will need to complete in the semester you plan to graduate.

What to do in your last semester: Exam Option

If you are choosing the exam option, you won't register for any thesis or project credits. In the semester you take the exam, you would likely be taking one or more courses as well to complete the program's 33 credits. There no specific credits to register for to take the exam.

A flowchart version:

flowchart of steps to graduate

A table version:

Timeline

Step

Things to do

Weeks 1-2

Apply to graduate

Complete the Application for Candidacy form, get your advisor to sign it, and send the signed and completed form to the DGS.

Apply for graduation (in UCD Access)

Weeks 2-6

Create a “concept list”

Create a “concept list” in consultation with your advisor and committee.

Submit your “concept list” to your advisor for approval.

Schedule an exam period

Schedule the 2-day (48 hours) period for the take-home essay portion in consultation with your advisor.

Schedule an exam defense date

Schedule a 1-hour exam defense date with your advisor and committee members that is at least 5 business days after the take-home exam is due and before the department’s deadline for defenses, which is 2 weeks before the Grad School’s posted deadline. Your defense date should therefore be, at the latest, in early November for Fall graduation or early April for Spring graduation. Contact the program assistant to book a room.

Submit exam forms

Submit a completed Request for Exam form to the DGS, at least 3 weeks before your exam date.

Submit your approved “concept list” to the DGS along with the Request for Exam form via email, copying your advisor.

Weeks 10-12

Pass the exam and defense

Complete and submit the 2-day take-home essays; defend the exam at least 5 business days later.

What to do in your last semester: Thesis or project option

Timeline

Step

Things to do

Weeks 1-2

Apply to graduate

Complete the Application for Candidacy form, get your advisor to sign it, and send the signed and completed form to the DGS.

Apply for graduation (in UCD Access)

Weeks 2-6

Schedule a thesis or project defense date

Schedule a 1-hour thesis or project defense date with your advisor and committee members that is before the department’s deadline for defenses, which is 2 weeks before the Grad School’s posted deadline. Your defense date should therefore be, at the latest, in early November for Fall graduation or early April for Spring graduation. Contact the program assistant to book a room.

Submit exam forms

Submit a completed Request for Exam form to the DGS, at least 3 weeks before your exam date.

Submit your thesis or project

Submit your thesis or project to your advisor and committee by the agreed deadline.

Weeks 10-12

Pass the defense

Pass the defense.

Theses must also be submitted to the Grad School following their deadlines and formatting rules.