Getting Started as a Graduate Student
Academic Advising: All graduate students at Florida Atlantic University are advised by faculty or staff in the student’s home department/degree program. To contact your advisor, look up your program here and contact the person listed in the top right corner. You will work with your advisor(s) to create and submit a formal Plan of Study to the Graduate College’s Degree Completion office no later than half-way through your required course work. You and your advisor will continue to work together to revise and finalize your Plan of Study prior to the beginning of the term in which you intend to graduate.
Midway through your Degree Program
Graduate Student Policies: The online University catalog enumerates policies, requirements, and other essential details regarding graduate degree programs at FAU. Graduate students should be familiar with the graduate information contained in the Academic Policies and Regulations and Degree Requirements sections of the catalog. Please note that the online catalog is the official source for this information.
Plan of Study: All degree-seeking graduate students should have an approved Plan of Study on file with the Graduate College no later than half-way through their required course work and before enrolling in thesis/dissertation credits, if applicable. Students must have an approved Plan of Study on file with the Graduate College prior to the term in which they intend to graduate. All students receive written confirmation when their Plan of Study is approved by the Dean of the Graduate College.
Effective Immediately: All colleges except the College for Design and Social Inquiry and the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will submit their Plans of Study electronically.
To access MyP.O.S.:
1. Log in to your MyFAU account at https://myfau.fau.edu/
2. Click on the Graduate College Tab in top row
3. Click on your respective college in box at top left
4. Follow the prompts
MyPOS Quick Guide
- Instructions for completing the Plan of Study form
- Example of a completed Plan of Study form
- Form 7 - Plan of Study for the Specialist Degree
- Form 6 - Plan of Study for the Masters Degree
- Form 5 - Plan of Study for the Doctoral Degree
Please note: The latest version of Adobe Reader is required to download and enter information on Graduate College forms. Once you have completed a form, you can save it as a PDF document on your computer. It is recommended that you use Internet Explorer when saving the forms. Click here to download a free version of Adobe Reader.
Plan of Study Revisions: As a student progresses through his/her graduate program, it may become necessary to modify an approved Plan of Study. Changes to an approved Plan of Study require the submission and approval of the Form 9 - Revision to Existing Plan of Study. Revisions need only be filed once and may be submitted during the final term the student plans to graduate, prior to the Application for Degree deadline.
Admission to Candidacy (for Doctoral students only): Admission to candidacy is universally recognized as a milestone for any graduate student pursuing a doctoral degree. The State University System requires that all doctoral students be admitted to candidacy before they are allowed to take dissertation credit hours. Since doctoral programs are given great latitude to establish when and how candidacy is earned, it is important for you to familiarize yourself with your program's candidacy requirements. Once you have met all the requirements, simply submit the Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree (Form 8) to the Graduate College so that you can be cleared to take your required dissertation credit hours.
Supervisory Committee (for Master's and Doctoral students only): Each graduate student preparing a thesis shall have a supervisory committee comprised of at least three members of the graduate faculty or associate graduate faculty. One of the members shall serve as the chair of the supervisory committee. The supervisory committee shall approve the student's plan of study, monitor the student's academic progress, approve the thesis subject, evaluate the thesis defense, and approve the final document. Click on the link below for a complete list of Graduate Faculty:
Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines (for Master's and Doctoral students only): For students writing a thesis as part of your graduation requirement, please consult the Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines for specific instructions on the preparation, formatting and publication of your thesis, and how to submit your manuscript to the Graduate College.
- Archived Theses/Dissertations. Click here to search for theses and dissertations completed by FAU graduate students.
Dissertation Defenses (for Doctoral students only): Click here to view Dissertation Defense Announcements for the current semester.
Request to Waive a University Regulation: This form is used to request an exception to written University policies regarding graduate studies at FAU. Submit Form 10 - Request to Waive a University Regulation to the Graduate College for approval after obtaining other required signatures.
As you prepare to graduate, there are a number of steps to complete. It is important that you work closely with your advisor and department to ensure you have met all requirements to complete your advanced degree. This can include but is not limited to: an approved Plan of Study on file with the Graduate College, completion of a thesis/dissertation/special project, oral or comprehensive examinations, clearance of all incomplete grades, and an application for degree.
Application for Degree: All FAU students must complete an Application for Degree during the semester in which they intend to graduate. This deadline occurs early in the semester; allow adequate time to start the process. The Application for Degree form must be submitted to the Graduate College by the deadline specified in the Academic Calendar. All students must have an approved Plan of Study on file with the Graduate College prior to submission of the Application for Degree form. Note: Meet with your advisor prior to completing the Application for Degree form as some colleges have additional requirements for submitting the Application for Degree.
Commencement: The Office of the Registrar coordinates commencement and their website is your best source for information on commencement. Click here to visit the Graduation Information section of their website. Additionally, the Graduate College hosts commencement receptions in its lobby each semester to celebrate the success of FAU's graduate students.