Current SLU Graduate Students
Read the latest issue of The Advisor, the Graduate Education newsletter.
The current Graduate Education Catalog and Graduate Education Policy Proposal Summary. Students can also find the the Graduate Education Catalog from previous academic school years: 2014-2015; 2013-2014; 2012-2013; 2011-2012; 2010-2011.
Along with the Saint Louis University formatting guideline, students are also encouraged to become familiar with the following styles:
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- Thirty-day free trial of the Chicago Manual of Style
- "A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations" (Kate L. Turabian Quick Guide from the University of Chicago Press)
Forms and Deadlines
The Process Flow Chart explains where graduate education petitions and forms need to be turned in and who handles each form.
- Graduate Admission Requirement Waiver Form
- Petition for Admission into a Doctoral Program: This form is to be used only by a recipient within the past three years of a Master's Degree from Saint Louis University.
- Petition to Advance from Probationary to Classified Status: With this form the Probationary student requests recognition of the proposed major field as formally pursuing the degree sought.
- Petition to Amend the Graduate Program: This form is to be used to change your major field of study, change your degree sought within the same major, add or delete a minor field, etc. This form is not to be used to initiate advancement from Probationary to Classified status or if seeking doctoral admission in the major field upon completion of a Master's degree in that field.
- Petition to Pursue a Certificate within a Degree Program: This form is only to be used by the Classified student desiring to pursue a certificate concurrent with an advanced degree.
- Petition to Amend Graduate Program Minor
- Petition for Time Period Extension to Complete Degree Requirements: This form is to be used by a Master's or Doctoral student to petition for an extension of the time period to complete the degree requirements.
- Petition for Transfer of Credit: This form is to be used to transfer graduate coursework credits earned elsewhere as a non-degree or transient student.
- Petition for Post-Baccalaureate Course Work: This approved petition is required for undergraduate students enrolling in graduate/post-baccalaureate courses.
- Petition for Probationary Admission Enrollment
- Evaluation of Advanced Standing of a Doctoral Student: This form is to be used to document completed, advanced coursework taken elsewhere that is applicable to a student's current doctoral program.
- General Petition Form: This form is to be used if none of the above specific petitions apply to your request.
The forms above are most commonly used by graduate students. a comprehensive list of university forms and petitions can be found here.
Funding & Financial Aid
The Donald G. Brennan Scholarship Fund, the Cathy Golden Scholarship Award and the Morgan Book Fund are all available to current graduate students. Assistantship and employment opportunities are also regularly posted on the Graduate Education Employment and Financial Support page.
Annual Graduate Student Review
All master's and doctoral students must undergo an annual review of their progress, although a department or program may require reviews on a more frequent basis. The manner in which the review is conducted is determined by students' department or program. Departments and programs will be required to file a copy of their review process with their appropriate Graduate Dean or Director and with the Office of Graduate Education. Copies of individual student reviews will be kept in the department or program office. A summary report of the results of annual reviews of all students in each department and program must be submitted to the appropriate dean or director of the college, school, or center.
A list of suggested items to be include with the annual graduate review is also available for download.
- If your program does not already have an annual progress review in place, examine examples from other SLU programs and from other universities (see the U of Michigan materials for good examples of forms). How the program review is conducted is determined by each academic unit and it can be more than once a year.
- The review should include a written feedback from signed by the advisor or graduate program director/chair/director if an advisor is not chosen at the time of the review and by the student. The form should include a course of action for future coursework and any remedial work needed for the student to avoid probation or raise grades to get off probation.
- It is recommended that new students have an informal meeting with the graduate program director or department chair at mid-term of their first semester. This is especially important for international students who may not understand the American higher education system, departmental norms, or university policies. Be sure to have a handbook and the Graduate Education Catalog available to answer questions.
- The annual progress review for new students should occur at the start of the spring semester to allow for an early start on corrective measures or changes in the program where needed.
- Some programs may choose to have a departmental meeting to solicit input from all faculty who had interaction with the student during the time period for the review. This would include instructors in courses, other committee members, and research or teaching advisors. After the departmental review, the advisor and/or graduate program director would meet with the student to go over the review and get the appropriate signatures. The option of soliciting feedback one on one from instructors, etc. can replace a departmental meeting for review.
- Assistantship reviews are separate and do not constitute a progress review.
- Forms can be paper or electronic, but the student should have a paper copy with signatures.
- All paper copies should be maintained centrally within a department.
- Am electronic spreadsheet or other reporting form should be submitted to the associate dean/center director by April 1 each spring.
Graduate Assistant Forms
Students who have graduate assistantships are advised to look over and complete these required documents: