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.
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Changes to the current edition of The Graduate School Handbook include:
- Clarified policy on allowable durations of tuition support.
- Provided additional context about the timing for thesis/dissertation defenses or the completion of a master's thesis substitute and graduation enrollment.
- Stated the requirement that an academic plan must be submitted as part of a Reapplication package.
- Clarified dual degree policies.
- Clarified how degree level changes within the same graduate program are handled.
- Provided context for unusual academic eligibility situations, such as students becoming ineligible in their final semester or returning to the University after ineligibility in another program.
- Updated web links and included new campus policies developed in the past year.