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Graduate School Handbook: Information Primarily for Master's Students

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Master's Theses
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Master’s Theses

Policy on Emeriti Faculty[i]

Emeriti faculty are a valuable resource for students, programs, and the University. The Graduate School has adopted the following guidelines regarding the role of emeriti faculty:

  • Faculty who retire and move into emeritus standing may, at the pleasure of the relevant student(s) and program(s), continue to serve as advisors to masters students who were under their tutelage at the time of retirement.
  • With departmental approval, an emeritus faculty member can serve as a reader on a master’s thesis provided there are no other emeritus faculty members on that thesis committee.
  • With departmental approval, an emeritus faculty member can serve as a co-primary advisor on a master’s thesis along with a regular member of the faculty. An emeritus faculty member cannot serve as the sole primary advisor on a master’s thesis.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for master’s students is not currently managed centrally, and it varies among programs. Prospective Master’s students who have questions about financial aid should contact the program’s DGS. Students on campus can also contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Official letters of admission for master’s students provide details of their funding packages (i.e., the number of years and levels of support). All subsequent funding decisions are made at the departmental level and depend on students’ academic progress. Students with questions or concerns regarding their funding should address them to their program’s DGS.

Other information

Please refer to other sections of this handbook for further information:


[i] This section added in edition 13 v. 9 following a vote of the 2015-2016 Graduate Council.