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Office of Graduate Enrollment Services

The responsibilities of the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services (GES) encompass the academic involvement and concerns of all graduate students from the time they apply until they graduate. GES reviews all degree, certificate and non-degree applications and verifies academic credentials (transcripts, diplomas, and other educational documents) to ensure they meet eligibility requirements established by the Graduate Council. GES provides information and assistance to graduate students, faculty and programs; monitors students' progress toward fulfillment of academic benchmarks (completion of a master's program, doctoral candidacy, comprehensive and final oral examinations); analyzes and reviews graduate student records to confirm conferral of degrees; monitors and approves time extensions. In addition, GES manages dual-titles, integrated and joint degree programs, concurrent degrees, changes of majors, retroactive withdrawals and grade changes, transfers of credit, etc., for all graduate students. Additionally, GES approves petitions for exceptions to various policies and practices, conducts on-going graduate program staff training, and assists and oversees international exchanges.

The Office of Theses and Dissertations is a unit within GES.

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