This page provides links to commonly used forms, along with a short description for each form. Consult the Graduate Handbook for more details on program requirements.

General Forms

  • Independent Study
  • DUE: At time of registration for independent study class, usually the beginning of the semester
  • This form is required for all individual project, directed reading, and teaching practicum courses. Student and mentor agree on requirements for the course and sign form. After turning in the form, staff will provide a registration number for the course.

  • Leave of Absence Request
  • DUE: By last day of classes in a semester
  • With approval of advisor and Director of Graduate Studies, student may take a one semester leave from program. The leave of absence can be renewed for a second semester, but cannot last more than 1 year.
  • Graduate Student Progress Assessment
  • DUE: Friday of the 1st week of Spring semester
  • Student (in consultation with advisor) completes form and submits to advisor

  • Graduate Student Travel Award Application
  • DUE: Prior to traveling (first come/first served until funds exhausted)
  • Apply for matching travel funds up to $400 for students presenting research at a professional meeting. Matching support must be from University sources and only one award will be made to student per year.

  • Coursework Petition
  • DUE: Before filing Program of Study
  • Student petitions Advisor, Director, and Chair to have a requirement substituted or waived.

  • Petition for Exception to Policy
  • DUE: As needed
  • Retroactively withdraw from a course for a non-academic reason or remove a "W" from transcript due to institutional error.
  • Undergraduate Petition for Graduate Credit
  • DUE: Before University of Utah bachelor degree awarded, or retroactively in graduate program
  • A maximum of six credit hours (two courses) not used to meet the requirements of another degree may be transferred to a graduate program of study. See the Graduate Handbook for limitations.

  • Graduate Transfer Credit Authorization
  • DUE: When filing a Program of Study, a supervisory committee may accept up to 6 credit hours
  • Hours may only be used toward only one degree, must be a "B" or higher grade (CR not acceptable), and taken within 4 years (MS) or 7 years (PhD) of semester of admission

  • Last Semester Notification
  • DUE: Before the 15th day of the next semester after defending
  • International students must submit this form to the International Center the next semester after defending when working with the Thesis Editor and not registered for hours.

  • Request for Statement of Degree Completion
  • DUE: After thesis released but before diploma issued
  • Only available during the term in which you applied to graduate through the last day of finals for that term. Only one issued.

Master's Forms

  • Request for Graduate Credit in BS/MS Program
  • Due: the first semester as a matriculated student
  • Undergraduate students in the BS-MSGIS program are allowed to select up to 12 credit hours of graduate level courses (5000 level or above) taken while still classified as an undergraduate student to be used in partial satisfaction of the requirments for the graduate degree.
  • Graduate Student Request for Funding
  • Due: January 20 for the following academic year.
  • The Department of Geography offers a limited number of teaching assistant (TA) positions to continuing graduate students.
  • Two years of support is offered.
  • Record of Progress
  • Due: Started at admission and updated throughout program
  • Lists program prerequisites, requirements and forms due. Keeps track of student progress.

  • Record of Progress: MSGIS
  • Due: Started at admission and updated throughout program
  • Lists program prerequisites, requirements and forms due. Keeps track of student progress.

  • Record of Progress: BS-MSGIS
  • Due: Started at admission of MSGIS program and updated throughout program
  • Lists program prerequisites, requirements and forms due. Keeps track of student progress.

  • Request for Supervisory Committee
  • Due:No later than the  beginning of third semester, but needed before colloquium presentation
  • Nominates an advisor and two additional members for a supervisory committee. Submit vita for non-U committee members.

  • Request to Change Supervisory Committee Personnel
  • Due: As needed
  • Requires approval of Director of Graduate Studies and justification for the changing a committee. Submit vita for non-U committee members.

  • Research Proposal Approval
  • Due:Typically before start of Fall or Spring semester of second year
  • Selects thesis / manuscript / technical report option. Documents completed colloquium presentation, committee approval of proposal, and departmental acceptance of proposal.

  • Change Thesis / Technical Report/Dissertation Option
  • Due:As needed
  • Notifies committee and Department of thesis/manuscript/technical report option change

  • Application for Admission to Candidacy for the Master's Degree (Program of Study)
  • Due: before taking research credit hours
  • Committee approves the Program of Study and accepts student for Candidacy.

  • Application for Graduate Degree
  • Due: by Nov. 1, March 1, or July 1 in semester prior to graduation
  • Use this form to apply for Graduation at Window 15 of the Registrar's Office, 2nd floor of SSB.

  • Late/Re-application for Graduate Degree
  • Due: by end of semester in which applied for graduation
  • Use this form to reapply for Graduation when the graduation semester must be changed.

  • Report of the Final Examination for the Master's Degree
  • Due:After defense
  • Committee votes pass/fail and recommends any changes to thesis/technical report

  • Master's Committee/Final Reading Approval
  • Due:Prior to submission of thesis to Thesis Editor
  • Confirms that content of thesis, bibliographic style, figures, and citations are acceptable to department.

  • Statement of Thesis Approval
  • Due: Prior to uploading final electronic thesis
  • Confirms committee approval for electronic thesis

  • MSGIS (only) Library Publish Permission Form
  • DUE:  Same day as portfolio defense
  • Allows department to publish and archive the portfolio at the Marriott Library

  • Technical Report Committee Final Approval
  • Due:Prior to submission of thesis to Thesis Editor
  • Confirms that content of report, bibliographic style, figures, and citations are acceptable to department.

Ph.D. Forms