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.
Changes to the current edition of The Graduate School Handbook include:
- Provided information about the UNC System online inter-institutional registration process.
- Revised the Application to Graduate process with ConnectCarolina instructions, which includes the Program Certification of Degree Requirements form.
- Clarified the audit policy related to academic credit.
- Provided confirmation of the removal of the S grade as a graduate grade effective in the 2013 fall semester.
- Clarified appropriate timing for thesis and dissertation enrollments, as well as announced that the correction for all thesis and dissertation courses to be similarly named following university guidelines and fixed at 3.0 credit hours will go into effect fall 2014.
- Clarified who may sign committee forms, particularly for the comprehensive exam stage when the student's individual committee may not yet have been formed.
- Provided some additional guidance on rescheduled or remote examinations.
- Removed duplicative information on electronic thesis and dissertation submission and publication, instead referring students to The Graduate School's Thesis and Dissertation Guide.
- Updated information on international students and English exam requirements.
- Updates links and included new campus policies developed in the past year.