General Info

Graduate School Rules

Graduate Program Assistant

The Graduate Program Assistant will assist students from the application process through to graduation. The Graduate Program Assistant will assist the student in registering for courses (including late add/drops), transfer credit forms, and graduation forms. The Graduate Program Assistant will also in conjunction with the students Committee Chair schedule students comprehensive exams (written and oral) and thesis defense dates.

Associate Chair of Graduate Studies

Students entering the Graduate program should contact the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies before the beginning of the first semester. The Associate Chair of Graduate Studies will advise the graduate students as needed.

Good Standing in the Department

A graduate student is in good standing, eligible for employment and to be nominated for fellowships, if he/she:

  1. is enrolled in a full-time program of graduate study. (Full-time is defined as taking a minimum of 5 hours of graduate level credit, 8 hours of combined graduate/undergraduate credit, or any number of thesis hours.)
  2. obtains grades of B- and above in graduate courses or has an overall B average in graduate courses
  3. has no more than ONE grade of incomplete during any semester
  4. complies with the timeline for the completion of the Spanish degree

Graduation Deadlines

Students will begin to submit paperwork for graduation at the beginning of their final semester. See Graduate School Deadlines under the heading Graduation Requirements. The Application for Admission to Candidacy is due in early February for Spring graduation. This application should be filled out by the student and sent electronically to the Graduate Program Assistant at least 5 days before the application is due. The Graduate Program Assistant will complete the departmental section of the form and obtain signatures from the Graduate Advisor and Departmental Representative.

Students must apply online to graduate. To do this, logon to myCUinfo. On the Student tab, select the Apply for Graduation link under Academic Resources. This notifies the Graduate School and your department that you intend to graduate, and it provides necessary information to the Commencement Office for ordering and shipping diplomas. If you do not complete requirements for the graduation you indicate on the online application, you must apply online to graduate for the new graduation date. You must apply to graduate online whether or not you plan to attend the ceremony.

PhD students who are unable to meet the spring graduation deadlines do have the option of summer graduation.  If the student successfully defends his/her dissertation before summer session-A begins (beginning of June), he/she will not have to register for summer courses and should submit graduation paperwork and the dissertation using the summer graduation deadlines.  (Note: PhD students should expect to defend their dissertation before the spring semester ends, as many faculty are not available for a defense once classes have ended.)  Summer graduates are invited to walk in the spring commencement ceremonies - CU does not hold a summer commencement ceremony.

Fellowships & Travel Grants

Graduate students are eligible for fellowships from the Graduate School and the Center for Humanities and the Arts. Graduate students may apply for travel assistance funds from the Graduate School, UGGS or from the Center for Humanities and the Arts. The department also offers several fellowships and scholarships to graduate students. See Spanish Graduate Scholarship page for more information.