Graduation Checklist

As an upcoming grad in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University, here’s what you need to know—and do—to assure an enjoyable, glitch-free commencement day.

Master's thesis

  1. Meet with your advisor 
    Coursework requirements: Behavior analysis | Industrial/organizational behavior management
  2. Permission to elect Course 7000
    Complete the form to elect master's thesis hours.
  3. Complete the Program of Study form for psychology
    Once the Program of Study form is signed by the graduate advisor, turn in the form to the graduate training administrative assistant to send to the Office of the Registrar.
    30 Credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of PSY 7000 are required.
  4. Appoint a thesis committee.
    Complete the Notification of Appointment to a Thesis Committee form.
  5. Apply for graduation and graduation audit (review the graduation application instructions and deadlines).
  6. Schedule a defense with the psychology graduate training administrative assistant located at 3540 Wood Hall.
  7. Signature forms are required at orals.
    1. Turn in two original thesis approval forms with your finished thesis.
    2. The thesis defense form is to be signed at your orals and returned to the psychology graduate training administrative assistant.
  8. Turn in your completed thesis to the Graduate College along with the signed defense forms.

Master's project

  1. Meet with your advisor.
    Coursework requirements: Behavior analysis | Industrial/organizational
  2. Complete the Program of Study form for psychology.
    Once signed by the graduate advisor it will be sent to the Office of the Registrar.
    30 Credit hours of coursework and six credit hours of PSY 7100 are required.
    I/O practicum option courses that should be listed.
  3. Apply for graduation and graduation audit (review the graduation application instructions and deadlines).
  4. Complete the required oral defense signature form.

Doctoral dissertation

  1. Meet with your advisor
    Coursework requirements: Behavior analysis | Clinical | Industrial/organizational behavior management
  2. The permission to elect dissertation credit hours form requires all signatures. 
  3. Schedule a comprehensive exam date.
    Meet with an advisor, then contact the psychology graduate training administrative assistant to schedule a date to take the exam.
  4. Have all committee members initial the dissertation committee appointment form. If your 4th committee member is not a faculty member from Western Michigan University, you must obtain a vita from them and give it to the psychology graduate training administrative assistant.
  5. Program of study needs to be completed.
    Please notify the graduate training administrative assistant before you apply for graduation. The secretary will complete the program of study form for you and will send to graduation audit.
  6. Apply for graduation and graduation audit (review the graduation application instructions and deadlines).
  7. The dissertation defense scheduling form must be completed.
    All program requirements must be completed the semester before you plan to defend. Contact the graduate training administrative assistant or form and room information. Send one copy to the Graduate College at least two weeks before you plan on defending, and the other copy to the psychology graduate training administrative assistant. Failure to complete other steps may result in a delay for defense approval.
  8. Signature forms required at orals.
  • Completed dissertation and accompanying forms turned in to the Graduate College along with the Dissertation Check-in Form.