Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for filling out forms prior to the relevant meeting or defense so that they are ready for faculty signatures and other information that must be completed by a faculty member. Take the form to the relevant meeting or event or send digitally to faculty member.

Program Plan Forms

All students starting their program in Fall 2019 or later should use the program plan forms labeled as such. All former students should use the relevant previous program planning form unless you choose to change to the new program. If so, you will be bound by the new requirements, and should complete a Program Change form.

Page 2

Page 2 for all Program Plan forms is located in “Other Forms” list as well as attached to each of the program plan forms.

Use Page 2 only if needed:

  • if there are not enough lines on the main program plan page and you need more lines for courses;
  • if you are pursuing a certificate or specialization.

Fillable Forms and Digital Signatures

All forms are fillable, including signature blocks. Use digital signatures whenever possible. (If any person in the sequence of signators signs by hand and/or scans the file before forwarding to the next signator, the form is no longer “digitally signable” by subsequent signators.)

We will return incorrectly completed forms/documents prior to our processing. To use forms effectively:

  • Download relevant form to your computer before beginning to complete it, then open all forms with Adobe Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  • Give your file a new name by adding your “last name, first name” at the beginning of the file title.
  • When forwarding for signatures, sign it yourself, then send to your advisor, then send in sequence to other signators. Do NOT send the form simultaneously to multiple people for signatures.
  • If your submission requires pages in addition to the "form" page (descriptions, essays, letters of support, explanations, budgets, etc.), create a PDF of each document first; then combine all the PDF files (including the "form" page) into a single PDF file before beginning any of the digital signatures. (Pages cannot be combined after signing.) If you need help with combining the files, contact the Graduate Secretary.

MS-A Forms

MS-B Forms

PhD Forms

After completing and submitting the Program Planning form below, PhD students should enter program plan information on GradPlan, which then will be circulated electronically for digital signatures. The Graduate Program Coordinator will not approve GradPlan until GradPlan information exactly matches approved CSUS Program Planning form.

Committee members will receive a link via email from "FTU". (These email messages are sent to faculty only once.)

Other Forms