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Graduate Studies

Address:
McKelvie Hall
102 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2943
Fax: 610-436-2763
Email: gradstudy@wcupa.edu


Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm


Graduate Assistantships Information
Email: gradassistantships@wcupa.edu


Additional Contact Information

Current

Announcements

  • GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT - 5/13/17
    The graduate ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13 at 4:00pm in Hollinger Fieldhouse.
    Check out the COMMENCEMENT website for more details!
  • DIPLOMA AND TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS
    Students are now able to request replacement diplomas and transcripts online. Please visit the TRANSCRIPT REQUEST site for more info!

Course Registration

Registration for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017:

  • All Degree Students - February 21
  • Non-degree students - March 13

**Veterans and active military, please contact Lillian Morrison for early registration date.

Understanding the importance of Credit Load in myWCU

You can register for courses via your myWCU account.

Thesis Info

Before beginning work on the thesis, a student needs an approved "Request for Approval of Master's-Degree Thesis Examining Committee" form on file in the Graduate Studies Office.

After the thesis has been successfully defended, it must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies for final approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies prior to submitting it to the University Library for binding. The applicable deadline dates are as follows:

  • Spring 2017 Deadline: April 17, 2017
  • Summer 2017 Deadline: July 31, 2017

The following must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies for final approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies by the deadline dates provided. Please note, this information, as well as formatting guidelines, is also noted in the Master's Thesis Guidelines manual:

  • One copy of the thesis approved by thesis committee members emailed to Jenna Krier, or submitted as a hard copy on regular copy paper
  • A minimum of two approval pages on 22-24 pound bond paper with a minimum of 100% cotton content (a watermark on each page will clearly reveal the cotton content when held up to a light), signed by ALL members of the thesis committee

**Please note some departments require a bound copy as well and additional personal copies can be requested at this time. You should submit signed approval pages based on how many copies you are having bound.

Once the Graduate Dean has either read and approved, or read, requested revisions, and approved the corrections, you will need to contact the Library by phone before printing the final manuscripts you are having bound. Final manuscripts should be printed on 22-24 pound bond paper with a minimum of 100% cotton content (a watermark on each page will clearly reveal the cotton content when held up to the light) and delivered to the University Library (along with approval pages). The following Thesis Bindery Guidelines should be reviewed prior to submitting to the library.

Effective June 28, 2012: The approval pages containing original board member signatures MUST follow the formatting noted in the Thesis Guide as it pertains to the title for the current Dean of Graduate Studies. Submissions that do not adhere to the current thesis guide format will be returned for correction.

**EFFECTIVE August 1, 2016, the information required on the approval page under the signature line for the Dean of Graduate Studies has changed. Please refer to the Master's Thesis Guidelines manual noted under Thesis Info for the updated information.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Thesis process, please contact Jenna Krier.

Graduate Studies Forms

Grant and Scholarship Forms

Updated Graduate Policies

Effective Fall 2014 Semester

Enrollment Policy Approved through the summer CAPC pilot process. Effective for one year. (approved August 8, 2014) Students have a maximum of 6 years for degree completion. During that time students are expected to maintain continuous enrollment during fall and spring semesters. Failure to maintain continuous enrollment may affect degree completion due to course availability. Before a semester of non-enrollment, students are encouraged to contact their graduate coordinator, graduate studies, financial aid office (if applicable), and international programs (if applicable) to discuss implications of non-enrollment. A maximum of two semesters of non-enrollment are permitted before a student must enroll or request a leave of absence. Students who fail to re-enroll or request a leave of absence are subject to readmission.

  • Enrolled
    • Enrolled in at least 1 credit-bearing course.
    • Enrolled in GSR799, Continuous Registration. This denotes Graduate Student Research - This enrollment classification is designated for students completing IP grades and/or taking comprehensive exams. Students will be permitted to enroll in GSR799 if actively engaged in work towards the completion of the IP or comprehensive exams. The graduate coordinator must confirm a student is actively working on the completion of an IP or comprehensive exams before a student is enrolled in GSR799. Students will only be permitted two consecutive semesters of enrollment in GSR799. GSR799 is a non-graded and non-credit bearing course.
  • Non-Enrolled
    • Enrolled in 0 hours of credit-bearing courses.
    • Not eligible for GSR799.
    • Students can have up to two consecutive semesters (fall and spring) of non-enrollment.
    • Students must apply for a Leave of Absence during the second semester or enroll in credit-bearing courses in order to maintain good enrollment status.
  • Leave of Absence (LOA)
    • Students wishing to be excused from the enrollment policy due to extenuating circumstances must file a formal request for a Leave of Absence. Forms are available on the Graduate Studies webpage.
    • A Leave of Absence is not guaranteed, and students must request the LOA before the start of the semester in which the leave is requested.

NG grades will be given when a student fails to complete course requirements by the end of a semester and a time extension is granted by the professor. Students must complete course requirements as stipulated by the professor and not later than the end of the 14th week of the subsequent semester, or the NG grade will convert to an F at the end of the semester. Unless a professor indicates a deadline when assigning a NG, graduate students have until the 14th week of the subsequent to complete course requirements. Please note, this means NG grade changes are due to the Registrar's office at the conclusion of the 15th week.

IP grades indicate work in progress and will be used only for protected courses (theses, practicums, internships, recitals, and research reports). Students must complete course requirements as stipulated by the professor and not later than the end of the 14th week of the second subsequent semester, or the IP grade will convert to an F. An IP grade may not be replaced with an NG. If an NG or IP transitions to an F, a dismissal will be issued to the student.

Please refer to the current policy on F grades. All graduate academic policies can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Important Dates

Spring 2017 - January 23 - May 12, 2017

  • October 12
    Scheduling begins for matriculated and newly admitted students
  • November 23
    Nondegree students may begin to schedule
  • January 23
    Classes begin 8 a.m.
  • January 23
    Drop/Add Period Begins
  • January 30
    Drop/Add Period Ends
  • January 31
    Withdrawal (W) period begins
  • February 1
    Last day to apply online through your myWCU for May Graduation
  • March 13 - 17
    Spring Break - No Classes
  • March 31
    Last day for course withdrawal (W).
  • April 17
    Deadline for submission to the Office of Graduate Studies of Master's degree theses already approved by examination committee for May graduation.
  • April 11
    Passover*
  • April 14
    Good Friday*
  • May 1
    Last day for session/term withdrawal
  • April 28
    Last day to make up work for NG from Fall 2016 semester. Students must complete course requirements as stipulated by the professor no later than the end of the 14th week of the subsequent semester or the NG will convert to an F.
  • April 28
    Last day to make up work for IP from Spring 2016 semester. Students must complete course requirements as stipulated by the professor no later than the end of the 14th week of the subsequent semester or the IP will convert to an F.
  • May 6 - 7
    Reading days
  • May 8
    Last day of classes
  • May 9 - 12
    Final Exams
  • May 13
    Graduate Commencement - 4:00 pm

Summer I 2017 - May 30 - July 1, 2017

  • February 21
    Scheduling begins for matriculated and newly admitted students
  • March 13
    Nondegree students may begin to schedule
  • May 29
    Memorial Day - No Classes
  • May 30
    Classes begin 8 a.m.
  • May 30
    Drop/Add Period Begins
  • May 31
    Drop/Add Period Ends
  • June 1
    Withdrawal (W) Period Begins
  • June 1
    Last day to apply online through your myWCU for August Graduation
  • June 16
    Last day for course withdrawal (W)
  • June 27
    Last day for session/term withdrawal
  • June 29
    Last day of classes
  • June 30 - July 1
    Final Exams

Summer II 2017 - July 3 - August 5, 2017

  • February 21
    Scheduling begins for matriculated and newly admitted students
  • March 13
    Nondegree students may begin to schedule
  • July3
    Classes begin 8 a.m.
  • July 3
    Drop/Add Period begins
  • July 4
    Independence Day - No Classes
  • July 5
    Drop/Add Period ends
  • July 6
    Withdrawal (W) period begins
  • July 21
    Last day for course withdrawal (W)
  • August 1
    Last day for session/term withdrawal
  • August 3
    Last day of classes
  • August 4-5
    Final Exams

Summer III 2017 - August 7 - 25, 2017

  • February 21
    Scheduling begins for matriculated and newly admitted students
  • March 13
    Nondegree students may begin to schedule.
  • August 7
    Classes begin 8 a.m.
  • August 7
    Drop/Add Period begins
  • August 7
    Drop/Add Period ends
  • August 8
    Withdrawal (W) period begins
  • August 17
    Last day for course withdrawal (W)
  • August 22
    Last day for session/term withdrawal
  • August 24
    Last day of classes
  • August 25
    Final Exams

Fall 2017

  • February 21
    Scheduling begins for matriculated and newly admitted students
  • March 13
    Nondegree students may begin to schedule.
  • August 28
    Classes begin 8 a.m.
  • August 28
    Drop/Add Period begins
  • September 4
    Labor Day
  • September 5
    Drop/Add Period ends
  • September 6
    Withdrawal (W) period begins
  • October 1
    Last day to apply online through your myWCU for December Graduation
  • October 9-10
    Fall Break - No Classes
  • October 27
    Last day for course withdrawal (W).
  • December 1
    Last day to make up work for NG from Spring 2017 semester. Students must complete course requirements as stipulated by the professor no later than the end of the 14th week of the subsequent semester or the NG will convert to an F.
  • November 22-24
    Thanksgiving Break - no classes
  • December 4
    Last day for session/term withdrawal
  • December 9-10
    Reading days
  • December 11
    Last day of classes
  • December 12-16
    Final Exams
  • December 16
    Grad Commencement - 4:00 pm

Shuttle Bus

Shuttle Bus Service from Main Campus to Graduate Center - Just Show Your ID Card!

Service is available for classes at the Graduate Center.

Hours are 3:330-10:15 PM Monday through Thursday. The GSA is not responsible for students who do not make the last bus at the Graduate Center which departs at 10:15pm.

Stops are Church Street on Main Campus and the Graduate Center.

Please note the shuttle does not run on Friday or during Holidays.

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