The Office of Graduate Service is committed to helping you succeed as you progress through your program at Georgia State University. To support you as you navigate your academic journey, please consider the following actions as you progress yearly. Reference this guide each semester for achievable steps to meet your academic and non-academic milestones and your professionalization goals.
Milestone/Requires Form Submission Wellness Professional Development
Find a graduate program
Calculate your costs
For a more comprehensive breakdown, visit Student Financial Services.
For additional details about student fees, visit the Student Fee Allocation page on the Dean of Students website.
Apply for financial aid
Need help? Visit GSU’s Student Financial Services guide on filling out FAFSA.
Get your questions answered
Submit your application
Not sure what to include in your personal statement?
Check out these helpful tips from our graduate directors.
Accept your offer of admission
Prepare for graduate school
- One-on-one virtual appointments with your college advisor
- A relocation guide to assist you if you're moving to Georgia (or if you're a local who wants to see some of the things we think Atlanta has to offer)
Visit our next steps for newly admitted students page for more information about advisement, financial aid, health insurance, and more.
Review program requirements
Develop a plan of study
Learn how to register for courses using PAWS
For one-on-one help, you may schedule a virtual appointment with your college advisor to learn how to navigate the online course registration using PAWS.
Register for courses
View the semester calendar to determine when you should register for classes. Please note, registration periods differ for GSU-62 and TAP students.
Please be aware that international students must register for classes in compliance with SVEP requirements. For additional information, please reference the ISSS FAQ section on SVEP.
Attend applicable orientations
Join other new graduate students at the university’s virtual graduate student orientation.
Your department will send details of your program orientation to your student email address. Make sure you are checking this email regularly. Login to PantherMail here.
If you’re an international student, plan to attend the university’s International Student Orientation.
Become familiar with academic and wellness resources
Connect with like-minded communities. Search for student organizations here. Build relationships with faculty. Search for mentorship beyond your department, not just from your Faculty Advisor or Primary Investigator.
Become acquainted with DegreeWorks
Watch the video below to learn how to read your DegreeWorks evaluation.
Develop your Individual Development Plan (IDP)
The IDP helps you advance your scholarly research and your career development agenda. Discussing your IDP with your Faculty Advisor, supervisor, and/or trusted mentors helps you organize and reach your goals. Ideally, you will review, revise, and update your IDP annually.
For the Humanities: https://www.imaginephd.com/
For the Natural and Social Sciences: http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/
Meet with your graduate or faculty advisor regularly
Review DegreeWorks frequently
Click on the video below to watch a tutorial about our course substitution form.
Select Thesis or Non-thesis
Depending upon your program, you have the option of completing an original thesis directed by your chosen faculty committee; or, you may choose non-thesis route, which culminates in a final capstone project or paper. Notify the Office of Graduate Services of your decision by filling out the status selection form.
Begin exploring your research interests
Attend the required Graduate Assistantship pedagogy or research training
Form your committee
Ask faculty within your research field to be on your committee. Committee composition may vary by department, so consult your department handbook for specific instructions. Take a look at these tips for forming your thesis or dissertation committee.
After you have formed your Doctoral Dissertation or Master's Thesis Committee, fill out this web-form to alert the Office of Graduate Services.
Prepare for comprehensive exams
Comprehensive exams vary depending upon your program. Refer to your graduate handbook and catalog for requirements.
Complete responsible conduct research training
Considered part of your academic growth, this training outlines your responsibilities as an ethical researcher.
Focus on your professional development
Meet with your graduate or faculty advisor regularly
Explore career interests
Present a proposal for dissertation/thesis
Successfully present your proposal or prospectus for your dissertation or thesis research to your committee.
Submit results for dissertation/thesis proposal
After you have successfully presented your proposal to your committee, submit the required form. Once your department approves your submission, the Office of Graduate Services will process your milestone and it will be reflected in your DegreeWorks academic evaluation.
Explore and/or apply for research/teaching/graduate assistantships and/or research internships
Continue working on coursework, projects, portfolios, thesis, dissertations, and/or capstones
Present your research at conferences
Apply to graduate
Take comprehensive exams
Schedule your comprehensive exam through your department. Use this form to report the results of your comprehensive or qualifying exams. Forms should be submitted to the Office of Graduates Services immediately upon completion.
Submit non-course milestones
Use the video below as a guide to submitting your non-course milestones.
Your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation should be formatted according to the College of Arts and Sciences guidelines and submitted for review by the posted deadlines. The Office of Graduate Services offers formatting workshops to guide you and answer any questions you may have.
Register for your commencement ceremony
Obtain manuscript format approval and request embargo if necessary
Successfully defend thesis/dissertation
Submit non-thesis/capstone final approval form
For Master’s Non-thesis students, research competence is demonstrated on the basis of a research paper or creative project. After the successful completion of your non-thesis or capstone project, submit your final approval form to the Office of Graduate Services.
Report completion and final approval of thesis/dissertation
There are two options for submitting your thesis/dissertation approval. Find options and detailed submission instructions here.
Once your final approval is processed and you have obtained format approval, you will receive instructions on how to upload your thesis/dissertation into ScholarWoks ETD from your college advisor. Upload by the appropriate deadline.