The Graduate School Handbook
The Graduate School Handbook contains the policies and procedures of The Graduate School, as established by the actions of the Administrative Board of The Graduate School. Each student should become familiar with the material pertaining to his or her degree program, and, together with a faculty advisor, make certain that the chosen program of study complies with all policies.
Section I: Contains information related to graduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill, including a description of The Graduate School and its Academic Policy Committee, a staff directory, and links to graduate education references. Section II: Describes the policies and procedures pertaining to the general academic requirements of The Graduate School. Section III: Provides a detailed outline of requirements for master's and doctoral degrees.
All graduate degree-granting entities at UNC-Chapel Hill including departments, curricula, schools, and programs will be referred to as academic programs throughout this Handbook.
The Graduate School has attempted to include most of the regulations governing graduate academic programs; however, many programs have additional requirements and regulations. Sometimes these requirements are more stringent than the general requirements of The Graduate School.
The Graduate School reserves the right to make changes to this Handbook at any time. In instances of discrepancy between this document and the Graduate Record, this Handbook takes precedence.
It is the student's responsibility to be aware of, and comply with all regulations, policies, procedures, and deadlines.
Print The Graduate School Handbook
Changes to the current edition of The Graduate School Handbook include:
- Clarified admissions practices for non-degree seeking students.
- Provided confirmation that temporary grades (IN or AB) will no longer be available for thesis and dissertation courses (992/993/994) effective in the 2015 fall semester. Also clarified the administrative use of the NR grade.
- Revised the cancellation policies to reflect the campus' new electronic process.
- Removed restrictions on leaves of absence between degrees.
- Revised the Parental Leave Policy.
- Clarified transfer credit policies for Certificate Programs by specifying more clearly that more than one University credential must have discrete academic credits; added language recommending that students clarify their intended plans with faculty to ensure multiple credentials can be earned with an appropriate academic plan.
- Revised the drop period dates to reflect new campus processes to allow electronic drops eight weeks into the semester. Financial impacts may still occur as of the census date each semester.
- Updated web links and included new campus policies developed in the past year.