Current Students


Academic Information

General requirements for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees can be found here. List of courses offered to graduate students by SBE  is available here. Upon consultation with their advisory committees, SBE graduate students can also take courses offered by other departments. In addition to the general requirements, all Ph.D. students are required to take Comprehensive Examinations in their field. When designing the graduate program, students should give consideration to the disciplines and facilities related to SBE where they may wish to complete a Joint Graduate Program.

Doctoral students can earn an Appointment to the Graduate Faculty.

If a conflict should arise between a graduate student and his or her advisory committee, the student may make an Academic Appeal.

Theses and Dissertations: When you have completed your degree, the School will pay for the binding of three copies of your thesis (one for the School office, one for your major advisor, and one for you). You may have more copies bound if you wish, but you will have to reimburse the Department for those extras.

Association of Graduate Students (AGS): The AGS is a board with elected officers and a graduate student representative from every department or program on campus. Anyone may attend AGS meetings, which are every other Thursday from 12-1:00, but a representative from each department or program must attend at least 75% of board meetings to make that department eligible for AGS grant funding.Opportunities for Graduate students through the AGS include travel and research grants, free laptop loans, funding for clubs and organizations, and research exposure at an annual Graduate Research Exposition in spring. In addition, Graduate students can become involved with various University committees and work toward improving graduate student life at the University.

Logistical and administrative information for graduate students can be found here.

Recommended Offline Resources

  • The MLA produces two companion pamphlets, “Advice to Universities and Graduate Programs on Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities” and “Advice to Graduate Students: From Application to Career.”
  • Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, DC, produces the booklet, “Research Student and Supervisor: An Approach to Good Supervisory Practice.”
  • Joan Bolker’s Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day (Holt, 1998)
  • Ann Lamont’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anchor, 1995)
  • Robert L. Peter’s Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning a Master’s or a PhD (Noonday, 1997).
  • Eviatar Zerubavel’s The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books (Harvard UP, 1999).