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Graduate Studies Check Sheet – M.S. Plan A – Student

Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture Graduate Program – Key Steps to Graduation – M.S. Plan A Student


  • Visit the HLA graduate website. We encourage you to identify and establish communications with potential faculty advisor(s) with whom you share research interests. Complete your graduate school application.

Year 1

  • Acceptance by major professor and join a research group. Meet with your major advisor to plan your research project, decide on initial coursework, and discuss expectations. Encourage completion of an Individual Development Plan.
  • Select Graduate Committee members and schedule a first committee meeting by the end of the first year of graduate study. The purpose of this initial committee meeting is to:
    • Discuss and approve the coursework plan.
    • Present your research proposal and get committee approval.
  • Following your first committee meeting you should complete and submit your GS6.

Year 2 – Graduation

  • Register for coursework, variable credits, or continuing registration each regular semester as proposed in your GS6. Must be either enrolled for at least one credit or register for CR during the semester you will graduate, including summer semester.
  • Complete graduate research and submit a draft of thesis to major professor – at least one month before submitting it to the rest of the committee – for review and corrections prior to scheduling the final exam.
  • Copies of the thesis must be submitted to your Graduate Examining Committee at least two weeks prior to the defense.
  • Students should consult the graduate school academic calendar for appropriate deadlines during the semester of expected graduation.
  • Register for seminar, HORT792, present your research, defend your thesis – if possible, coordinate thesis defense with seminar presentation.
  • Prepare/submit manuscript from thesis research for publication in appropriate journal at any time, preferably prior to graduation.


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