The Graduate Program in
Water Resources Engineering at
Texas A&M University

Flowchart for M.S. Students                                             (Best viewed with MS Internet Explorer)

Given below is an attempt to simplify the sequence of paperwork (both paper and on-line), decisions, discussions, etc., that a typical M.S. student will need to complete in the course of her/his M.S. program in WRE.  Please understand that this chart is a good-faith effort to aggregate several information sources, but is not an official statement of academic procedures.  Students are wholly responsible for verifying all items and deadlines herein. 

All deadlines given are preferred dates well in advance of official deadlines (i.e., these dates give a student some "breathing room" in case of errors or delays).  Deadlines are color-coded.  Deadlines in blue are relative to the beginning of classes in a student's first semester of graduate school (e.g., August 31, for Fall term 2009).  Deadlines in red are relative to a student's desired date of graduation (e.g., May 14, for Spring term 2010).

All hard-copy paperwork should be submitted to the CVEN Graduate Services Office.

Please note that the following common issues are not included in this flowchart:
     Leveling courses required prior to beginning of degree plan courses
     Failure to maintain Good academic standing
     Change of degree type (e.g., change from M.Eng. to M.S.)
     Deadlines for financial issues
     Visa and immigration issues
Students should consult their advisors or the appropriate campus office on these matters.

 Text Box: Intermediate Semesters
Text Box: Work hard. Learn a lot. 
Make good grades
Text Box: Register for and take classes as outlined on degree plan




Text Box: Acceptance through First Semester






Text Box: Discuss potential Advisory Committee members with Advisor. 
Meet with potential members to invite them to participate.
By 6th week of First Semester


Text Box: Research

Text Box: Register for 1st Semester Classes
Assigned registration time 
(check Howdy system)

Text Box: Contact Advisor and decide on 1st Semester Classes
Upon receiving Advisor assignment

Text Box: Conduct thesis research

Text Box: Attend CVEN 
Graduate Orientation
Friday before classes start

Text Box: Complete Thesis Office-required Thesis edits and submit final PDF 
By 12th week of semester
(VERIFY with Thesis Office for your term)
Text Box: Submit "Written Thesis Approval Form" (download here) and PDF file of Thesis to TAMU Thesis Office
By 8th week of semester
(VERIFY with Thesis Office for your term)
Text Box: Complete Committee-required Thesis edits
Text Box: File "Report of the Final Examination for the Master's Degree" (Your Advisor will receive this form directly from OGS)
Within 10 working days of Thesis Defense
Text Box: Thesis Defense (Final Examination)
By 7th week of semester
(VERIFY with OGS for your term)
Text Box: Contact a specific professor with whom you wish to conduct research and ask them to be your Advisor
Contact Dr. Brumbelow to be assigned an Advisor
Upon deciding to attend TAMU
Text Box: Discuss degree plan with Advisor;
File degree plan using 
Online Submission System
By 7th week of First Semester
Text Box: Graduating Semester
Text Box: File Degree Application on Howdy system and 
Pay Graduation Fee
By 1st day of class 
Text Box: Contact Advisory Committee members to schedule 
Thesis Defense (a.k.a. Final Examination); 
File "Request and Announcement of the Final Examination" (download here)
By 3rd week of semester 
(MUST be filed at least 2 weeks before date of Thesis Defense)
Text Box: File "Petition for Course Change" (download here)
By 2nd week of semester 
Text Box: Yes
Text Box: Arrange for cap & gown, etc., at  
By 8th week of semester 
Text Box: No
Text Box: Graduation.  Congratulations!
Now, go forth and do great things! 
Text Box: File "Petition for Change of Committee" (download here)
By 2nd week of semester 
Text Box: Yes
Text Box: No