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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

Graduate degree program curricula are the responsibility of the department’s faculty, who determine core coursework and other department requirements to meet the objectives of the degree program (ex. accreditation). Within School of Graduate Studies and department requirements, the supervisory committee determines the courses for individual student’s Program of Study

Graduate Faculty Policy

Faculty in the Dept. of LAEP established the following criteria at the August 2014 Retreat related to graduate faculty service. The essential measure of graduate faculty status in the department was determined to be service in graduate student advisement. Consequently, graduate faculty status is defined by the following policies governing graduate committees for LAEP-granted degrees:

  1. Chairs of all graduate degree committees for LAEP-granted degrees must be full-time faculty members within the Dept. of LAEP.
  2. Chairs and Co-chairs of all graduate committees must hold an earned degree of equal rank with the degree sought by the candidate.
  3. 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.
  4. Doctoral committees must be composed of no less than (5) members holding a commensurate degree.
  5. Master’s committees must be composed with >50% members whose position is full-time or emeritus faculty.
  6. 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.
* Chair is used here in lieu of USU’s alternate title, “Major Professor”

Graduate Registration Policy - 2nd Year Students

Students enrolled in a LAEP graduate program (PhD, MLA, MsEP, B+MLA) will be unable to enroll for courses following the 2nd semester in their program without a Supervisory Committee Approval form completed, submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, and signed by all of the student’s thesis or dissertation committee members. Appeals for an exemption from this requirement will be made to the Graduate Program Director and will not be granted for failure to identify supervisory committee members.

Internship Credits Policy

Internship credits (LAEP 2250/6250 Internship and Cooperative Education) represent course credit for professional experience outside the classroom prior to graduation. A statement of professional goals, agreed to by the supervising faculty member and the professional employer prior to the internship, and a summary report by the student and the professional employer following the experience are required. Students may earn 1 credit, up to a maximum of 5 credits, for every 20 hours of internship work completed. Internship credits should not represent thesis work or faculty supervision of a thesis.

Thesis Credits Policy

A LAEP master’s degree requires the preparation and defense of a thesis, of either the Plan A or Plan B options. In addition to completion of the thesis work, six credits, recognized by the graduate school as thesis credits, are required as part of LAEP’s approved master’s program curriculum representing the allocation of faculty supervision for a student’s thesis, not the allocation of the student’s effort toward completion of their thesis. One thesis credit is completed as LAEP 6890, two thesis credits are taken as LAEP 6970, and the remaining three are taken as either LAEP 6970 (for Plan A theses) or LAEP 6960 (for Plan B theses). The semesters during which a student registers for thesis credit should correspond as closely as possible to the semesters in which the thesis work is done and faculty supervision is provided (USU Catalog, School of Graduate Studies, G.1.a.1). No more than six thesis credits are required to represent the allocation of faculty supervision for a student’s thesis. A student must be registered for at least one credit the semester of their defense. Should the student defend their thesis after completing all of their credit requirements, including those required for their thesis, they may register for a thesis credit beyond the six required. Thesis credits may not be used to meet elective credit requirements.

Thesis Editing Policy

Preparation of a thesis, Plan B report, or dissertation is the culminating learning experience for a graduate student. The quality of the product, which should represent the student’s own best work, is the responsibility of the student. Monitoring the quality of the thesis, Plan B report, or dissertation and mentoring the student in writing (structure, clarity, and concision) are responsibilities of the major professor, with the assistance of the supervisory committee. Editing by anyone other than the major professor and the supervisory committee should be limited to mechanics, such as spelling and grammar (USU Catalog, School of Graduate Studies, H.2.). Following the successful defense of the thesis or dissertation, the student is responsible for proofreading the thesis/dissertation and having it read and approved by the department before it is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies for review (USU Catalog, School of Graduate Studies, H.4.).

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.