Graduate Student Resources
Throughout your time at Utah State, these resources may be of help to you. If you have additional questions not answered by this web-page, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Katie Stringham.
Getting Started at USU
As you begin your studies at USU, make sure you do the following:
- Connect to campus wifi
- Get your student ID Card from the USU Card Office in the Taggart Student Center, room 212.
- If you have an assistantship or other paid USU position, meet with Mary Ann Anderson in Fine Arts Visual, room 230.
- Learn about and sign-up for student health insurance
- Learn about transportation options
- Memorize your university issued A#
- Pick-up you studio key from the Key Office
- Select a desk within the LAEP Graduate Studio in the Fine Arts Visual Center
- Set up your preferred email in Banner. This email will be used by the Graduate School and the LAEP Department to keep you informed of upcoming events and opportunities
Forms & Curriculum
Throughout your graduate degree, there will be forms to complete and classes to register for. The following links can assist you in this process.
Graduate School Forms:
*A student's Program of Study needs to be completed prior to the Thesis Project Approval Form. The Program of Study is submitted to the Graduate School by the Graduate Program Coordinator.
For more information about these forms, visit the degree completion page
Department Policies Pertaining to Graduate Students
Degree Program Requirements Policy
Early Commencement Participation Policy
- The student has submitted their Appointment for Examination (AFE) and is scheduled to defend their dissertation/thesis/project prior to the last day of Spring classes; OR the student’s major professor indicates that the student will defend their dissertation/thesis/project prior to the last day of Spring classes.
- The student has a Thesis/Project Approval (TPA) approved by the School of Graduate Studies prior to the deadline for submitting an Early Commencement request AND the student’s major professor indicates that the student will defend their thesis/project prior to the beginning of the subsequent Fall semester.
External Committee Member Policy
Having external members (outside USU) in a graduate thesis or dissertation committee is not required. However, if you and your thesis/dissertation chair think an external member is justified, you can proceed and request the inclusion of an external committee member.
An external committee member should contribute to the candidate’s supervisory committee with a unique approach, expertise, experience, or familiarity with the research topic. This expertise or unique position should be complementary to what USU Faculty may be able to offer.
Having an external committee member requires additional efforts from the candidate and the committee chair to keep this external member engaged and supportive. Make sure you discuss with your emerging committee the advantages and risks of having an external committee member before extending an invitation.
To add an external committee member, a student must take the following steps:
- Receive approval from the student’s Major Professor
- Receive approval from the Graduate Program Director and/or Department Head
- Receive approval from the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, via an email from the Graduate Program Director to the Dean.
- Have an A# created for the individual by the Graduate Program Coordinator
- Complete the Supervisory Committee Initial Form using the newly created A# to add the external committee member
No more than one committee member can be outside USU.
Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator with additional questions.
Graduate Faculty Policy
- Chairs of all graduate degree committees for LAEP-granted degrees must be full-time faculty members within the Dept. of LAEP.
- Chairs and Co-chairs of all graduate committees must hold an earned degree of equal rank with the degree sought by the candidate.
- In extraordinary circumstances, following approval by the Committee Chair and Department Head, a maximum of (1) non-master’s holding individual may serve as a committee member.
- Doctoral committees must be composed of no less than (5) members holding a commensurate degree.
- Master’s committees must be composed with >50% members whose position is full-time or emeritus faculty.
- To serve as Chair of a graduate committee, faculty must be currently, or have previously been, a member of at least (1) USU graduate committee for an equal degree rank.
Graduate Registration Policy - 2nd Year Students
Internship Credits Policy
Thesis Credits Policy
Thesis Editing Policy
LAEP uses designated reviewers on a fee for service basis to conduct the departmental review. All dissertations, project reports (Plan B), and theses (Plan A) must be submitted for departmental review. The first $150 of the fee for this review will be paid by the department, with the remainder the responsibility of the student. Students wishing to minimize this fee are encouraged to verify that their thesis/dissertation is properly formatted, free of grammatical and spelling errors, and correctly follows the APA 7th edition reference style. Students may seek assistance through the available USU services (Publication Guide for Graduate Students, Writing Center, LAEP Thesis/Report templates) and/or solicit the services of an editor to assist in this process should they chose to do so.The supervisory committee is not responsible for the mechanics, such as formatting, spelling, and grammar, of the thesis or dissertation.