Current Graduate Students
MSU and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) offer a variety of resources for graduate students. Additionally, the MSU Student Information System is an important place to access academic records, resources and tools.
MSU Graduate Student Handbook & Guidelines
- Spartan Life Student Handbook and Resource Guide
- Handbooks - Search for your department to find a link to the handbook that guides your graduate program.
- Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Graduate Student Policies & Procedures
- Important MSU Dates
- Career Preparation & Professional Development
- Reporting Mechanisms
MSU Graduate Student Forms & Applications
- Electronic Theses and Dissertation Submissions
- Annual Evaluation Forms
- Progress Reports for Doctoral Students
- Progress Report for Masters Plan A
- Progress Report for Masters Plan B
- Application for Graduation
- Non-Regular Faculty on Committees
- Travel Funding
- Emergency Fellowship Funding
- Graduate Research Enhancement Award
Typically, your CANR faculty advisor or the graduate director for your program can help you resolve academic concerns. The graduate secretary in your department is often a good resource for questions about enrollment, assistantships and payroll.
The CANR works to facilitate opportunities for all of our graduate students, and is proactive about creating an inclusive and equitable environment for graduate education. To see some of the ways in which CANR works toward equity in our graduate programs, visit Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for more resources.
- CANR At A Glance
- CANR Departments
- CANR Office of Academic and Student Affairs
- CANR Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
CANR Department Information
Familiarize with individual CANR department handbook as certain requirements may differ by CANR department. CANR department/school information may include:
- Department seminars and workshops
- Academic Program Plan forms and deadlines
- Guidance Committee forms and deadlines
- Annual Reviews
- Time extensions for comp exams or entire program
- Medical withdrawal or leave of absence
- W2 and W4 employment tax forms
- CANR Faculty & Staff Awards
- CANR Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
- Graduate School Outstanding Doctoral Student Mentor Award
- Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives Excellence in Diversity Award
- Academic Human Resources Excellence-In-Teaching Citation
- International Studies and Programs Gill-Chin Lim Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Global Studies
Travel and Research Enhancement Instructions
If you are presenting your research at a professional conference, please apply for Travel funding. Limit of $400 approved during period of graduate program.
If you need financial assistance with your research experience, such as attending a workshop for learning new techniques or ideas, data collection, short courses or laboratory rotations, please apply for Research Enhancement funding. Limit of one request during period of graduate program. Typically $500-1000 provided.
Process to Apply for Funding
- Fully complete the appropriate form and attach the required additional information.
- Get the necessary signatures (major professor, department chair, school director) within the department or school.
- Send form to the Office of Academics and Student Affairs (OASA) through campus mail, email a PDF to email@example.com or drop off at Morrill Hall of Agriculture in room 121.
OASA staff will evaluate the request, provide the Associate Dean's approval, allocate CANR funding (if available), and send the form on to the Graduate School for review.
OASA and the Graduate School will inform the department of the approved funding.