Frequently Asked Questions

What is classified graduate standing?

What is classified graduate standing?

A classified graduate student has been admitted to the university and fulfilled all program admission requirements.

What does conditionally classified mean?

What does conditionally classified mean?

A conditionally classified graduate student has been admitted to the university, but has not yet satisfied all program admission requirements. Your admission letter from HSU as well as your "My Checklist" on myHumboldt will state what specific documents or tasks you need to complete in order to fulfill program requirements and progress to classified graduate standing.

What if I cannot attend during the first semester of my admission?

What if I cannot attend during the first semester of my admission?

HSU does not defer admission, so if for any reason you cannot attend your first semester you will need to re-apply to the university for the next semester you want to attend.

What is the timeline for completing my program?

What is the timeline for completing my program?

The Graduate Student Success Plan details the timeline for most grad programs. On average HSU grad students complete their degree in 5 semesters.

Form: Graduate Student Success Plan

What is candidacy?

What is candidacy?

A student who has advanced to candidacy is officially recognized by the university as a candidate for the degree. Your advancement to candidacy serves as a contract between Humboldt State University and you indicating that by successfully completing the courses and culminating experience listed on the candidacy application you will receive a master's degree from Humboldt State University.

When should I apply for advancement to candidacy and graduation?

When should I apply for advancement to candidacy and graduation?

It is recommended that you apply for candidacy and graduation at least one semester before finishing all your degree requirements. Early application ensures that you will receive your degree check in time for adequate planning for your final semester(s) of enrollment.

Application for Advancement to Candidacy and Graduation

 

What if I have questions about my degree check?

What if I have questions about my degree check?

Melissa Tafoya, Office of the Registrar, is the degree counselor for all master’s degree options. Contact information: mlt15@humboldt.edu.

How do I change my advisor and/or a committee member?

How do I change my advisor and/or a committee member?

Once you have advanced to candidacy any changes to your contract need to be proposed with a Request for Program Variation or Waiver form. You will need to get approval from both current and proposed advisor/committee members, your committee, program graduate coordinator and the Graduate Dean.

Form: Request for Program Variation or Waiver form

How do I change a course or courses on my approved graduate course list?

How do I change a course or courses on my approved graduate course list?

Once you have advanced to candidacy any changes to your contract need to be proposed with a Request for Program Variation or Waiver form. You will need to get approval from your advisor, committee members, program graduate coordinator and the Graduate Dean.

Form: Request for Program Variation or Waiver form

What is the deadline for thesis/ project submission?

What is the deadline for thesis/ project submission?

Check with your department/graduate program coordinator for their internal deadlines to allow sufficient time for review. The deadlines to submit your thesis/project to Academic Programs/Graduate Studies office are:

  • Fall graduation: December 13th, 2021
  • Spring graduation: May 9th, 2022
  • Summer graduation: July 18th, 2022

What is considered full time status for a graduate student?

What is considered full time status for a graduate student?

Enrollment in 9 units of coursework constitutes full time enrollment.

Where do I find information about commencement?

Where do I find information about commencement?

What color Master's hood should I wear?

What color Master's hood should I wear?

Applied Anthropology: Gold
Biology: Gold
Business: Drab
Education: Light Blue
English: White
Environment & Community (Social Science): Citron
Environmental Systems: Gold
Kinesiology: Sage Green
Natural Resources: Gold
Psychology: Gold
Social Work: Citron
Sociology: White

Masters Hoods Color Guide [pdf]

Where and when will I receive my diploma?

Where and when will I receive my diploma?

Approximately three to four months after the semester has officially ended your diploma will be mailed to the address on your student profile. Keep your personal information such as address, email and phone numbers updated on MyHumboldt. For additional information visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.

What if I have already filed to graduate but something happens and I need to change my graduation to a later semester?

What if I have already filed to graduate but something happens and I need to change my graduation to a later semester?

To change your graduation date submit the form online via Adobe Sign.

Students who postpone graduation after the expected date of graduation has passed will be charged a $25 re-application fee.

Form: Graduation Date Change Request

Do I have a time limit to complete my Master's degree?

Do I have a time limit to complete my Master's degree?

Title 5 Education of the California Administrative Code of Regulations limits the maximum time for completing a master’s degree program to seven years. See the Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.

Can I skip a semester?

Can I skip a semester?

You must apply for an education leave of absence for each semester you are not attending HSU. 

How can I apply for an educational leave of absence?

How can I apply for an educational leave of absence?

You must attend at least one term prior to requesting a leave of absence. Complete an Educational Leave Agreement and obtain approval from your advisor, committee (if applicable) and program graduate coordinator.

Deliver request to the Office of Academic Programs by the published deadline. See Calendar of Activities and Deadlines for last day to file for an educational leave. See the university catalog and Graduate Student Handbook for educational leave policy. 

Form: Educational Leave Agreement

How can I register for graduate continuous enrollment through Extended Education?

How can I register for graduate continuous enrollment through Extended Education?

The minimum requirements to enroll in one unit of a discipline-specific x693 course are advancement to candidacy, current graduation date on file, and completed all your coursework. In addition, each program has specific requirements.

This form uses Adobe Sign to route and obtain approval signatures. Instructions for Submitting the Graduate Continuous Enrollment Form [pdf]

Please refer to the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement - Graduate Continuous Enrollment web site for information about campus privileges associated with enrollment through Extended Education.

Form: Graduate Continuous Enrollment Authorization