Master's Degree Timeline

Here's all the information you need to know to make sure you stay on track to get your Master's degree. The majority of your documentation is done through Seguidor. Make sure to review our Seguidor instructions before using it for the first time.

Timing 

Master's Degree Requirements

Within 6 months after matriculation

(8 months for part-time students)

Officially designate Advisor and appoint Advisory Committee

Complete the Advisor/Supervisor Selection in Seguidor. After Advisor is approved by the Dean, proceed to Advisory/Supervisory Committee Member Selection.

Approval of Advisory Committee composition by the Dean for Graduate Studies must occur before the initial committee meeting.

Within 7 months after matriculation

(9 months for part-time students)

Meet with Advisory Committee and submit approved Program of Studies

In Seguidor, you schedule the Advisory Committee Meeting to discuss completed/planned coursework, and Thesis/Non-Thesis degree options (if not already established). Approved Program of Studies (with Advisor and Graduate Program Director signatures) is submitted to Graduate Studies. In addition, you compose and upload meeting minutes into Seguidor.

Within 12 months after matriculation 

Prepare Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Contact your Graduate Program Director to determine which IDP tool to use. Most UNMC programs recommend using myIDP. After completing all sections of the IDP, save the Certificate of Completion to your computer. You will need to upload the certificate into Seguidor.

Every 6 months until completion of degree

Schedule semi-annual meetings of the Advisory Committee

In Seguidor, you schedule the Advisory Committee Meeting to provide a short summary of progress since the most recent meeting, including updates on coursework and other progress toward degree. Thesis Option students should also summarize research data, presentations, publications and awards. Advisory Committee provides feedback. You compose and upload all meeting minutes into Seguidor.

At least 2 weeks prior to the examination

The Comprehensive Exam must occur no more than 10 months before completing degree requirements, at least 3 weeks before the Final Oral Exam (Thesis Defense), and at least 5 weeks before Commencement.

For the NON-THESIS OPTION, the Comprehensive Exam must occur no more than 10 months before completing degree requirements and at least 2 weeks before Commencement.

Request Comprehensive Examination

Complete the Exam Committee/Schedule for the Comprehensive Exam via Seguidor. Contact Graduate Program Director for any program-specific requirements regarding the composition of the Comprehensive Exam Committee.

Ensure that your exam committee has reported the results within 7 days after completion of the exam. Results must be reported via the Exam Grade Page in Seguidor. Any member of the Exam Committee may submit the results on behalf of the entire Committee.

Approximately 4 months before Commencement

Obtain Current Thesis/Graduation Instructions 

THESIS OPTION — Download the Thesis & Graduation Instructions for M.S. Students for information on final exam timeline and procedures and thesis format requirements.

NON-THESIS OPTION — Download the Graduation Instructions for Non-Thesis M.S. Students for graduation timeline and paperwork.

By February 10

for May graduation

By June 10

for August graduation

By October 10

for December graduation

Apply for Graduation

The Degree Application is completed and the Degree Application Fee is paid via MyRecords.

At least 4 weeks before the final oral exam

and at least 6 weeks before Commencement

Submit Thesis to Advisor (THESIS option only)

Advisor provides you with feedback within 2 weeks of receiving the document; if there are major deficiencies, any revisions to the Thesis must be completed before distribution to the Advisory Committee (at least 2 weeks before the Final Oral Exam).

At least 2 weeks before the final oral exam

(which must occur at least 2 weeks before Commencement)

Request for Final Oral Exam and Submit Thesis to the Advisory Committee (THESIS option only)

Complete Exam Committee/Schedule for the Final Oral Exam via Seguidor. Ensure your exam committee has reported the results within 7 days after completion of the exam. Results must be reported via the Exam Grade Page in Seguidor. Any member of the Exam Committee may submit the results on behalf of the entire Committee.

Immediately following the successful final oral exam

- or -

after completing the comprehensive exam

and no later than 1 week before Commencement

Complete the Report on Master's Degree 

THESIS OPTION — After successfully defending your thesis, you need to obtain your Advisory Committee members' and Graduate Program Director's signatures on the Report on Master's Degree form you download as part of the Thesis & Graduation Instructions for M.S. Students.

NON-THESIS OPTION — Obtain your Advisory Committee members' and Graduate Program Director's signatures on the Report on Master's Degree form you download as part of the Graduation Instructions for Non-Thesis M.S. Students.

No later than 1 week before Commencement

Submit Required Documentation

THESIS OPTION — Electronically submit your Thesis to the McGoogan Library of Medicine and submit the Report on Master's Degree to the Graduate Studies Office. Also, you are required to complete two surveys and submit Certificates of Completion for each. Complete instructions can be found in the Thesis & Graduation Instructions for M.S. Students

NON-THESIS OPTION — Submit the Report on Master's Degree to the Graduate Studies Office. Also, you are required to complete two surveys and submit Certificates of Completion for each. Complete instructions can be found in the Graduation Instructions for Non-Thesis M.S. Students.

Typically 1-2 days before Commencement

Celebrate your accomplishments

Attend the Graduate Studies Honors Convocation Ceremony (in May for spring graduates; in December for summer and fall graduates).

At the end of the semester

in which you satisfy your degree requirements

Awarding of the M.S. Degree

Attend the UNMC Commencement Ceremony (in May for spring graduates; in December for summer and fall graduates).