“Paper Trail” of Documentation MSN Requirements for Graduation

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NOTE: Copies of the forms below must be obtained from and turned in to the Office of Academic Affairs unless otherwise noted. Copies posted on the Web and linked from the forms below are samples only. Academic advisors and students are encouraged to print this schedule to track each student’s “paper trail” through the program.

Time period Form Description

Program Enrollment and Preregistration Periods Official plans of study for the student(s) specific specialty area are available from the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA). These are used to monitor student progression and completion of graduation requirements. They are to be completed during orientation and re-evaluated during pre-registration periods and returned to the Graduate Program Specialist in OAA.

Preparation for the master’s paper , thesis, or research practicum

Defense of master’s paper, thesis or research practicum proposal

This form documents the committee members names and relevant faculty status. The committee must be approved prior to the proposal defense, or initiation of data collection, if applicable. This form, signed by the committee chair and committee member(s) present at the proposal defense presentation, documents satisfactory readiness to begin Master’s Paper or Thesis activity and submit proposal to the IRB in the School of Nursing if indicated.

     
All students must submit the IRB Tracking Form, printed on the reverse side of the Master’s Paper, Thesis or Research Practicum Proposal Approval Form (above) to the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA). The IRB Tracking Form is a required document noting the status of research procedures and subjects according to IRB guidelines. Where necessary (if human subjects research activity), the IRB Tracking Form, along with an IRB application are submitted to the School of Nursing IRB office after being submitted to OAA.
Oral comprehensive (“comps”) examination report The four-part form is used to report results of the oral comprehensive exam – Part II. The committee chair must sign the form. The form is returned to OAA and held in the students file until Part III is successfully completed.

When Part II and III are successfully completed and graduation application has been approved, the paperwork is forwarded to the UNC Graduate School by OAA.

NOTE: If the student has already completed their final defense of master’s paper, thesis or reseach practicum [Part III: Defense of Thesis], please obtain previously used form from the student file in OAA.

Final defense of master’s paper or thesis The four-part form is used to report Pass/Fail status of a master’s paper, thesis or defense presentation – Part III. The chair and committee member(s) must sign the form.

The form is returned to OAA and held in the students file until Part II is successfully completed.

When Part II and III are successfully completed and graduation application has been approved, the paperwork is forwarded to the UNC Graduate School by OAA.

NOTES: If the student has already completed “comps”, please obtain previously used form from the student file in OAA.


Final defense of a master’s paper or thesis A second page to the Report form, used to report results of an approved substitute for the master’s thesis. This form is signed by the committee chair only and turned in with a completed Master’s Paper.
Submitted as needed Form to be completed by all students desiring dual preparation or a change in their advanced practice specialty area. Please see instructions.

  • Signature of student, APA Coordinators, and MSN Director required.
  • In almost all cases, a dual preparation will lengthen the student’s program of study.

Change of specialty area is dependent on faculty and clinical resources available to safeguard the quality of the MSN program.

All forms may be located on the Graduate School Web Site
  • Transfer Credit Recommendation
Used to request transfer of academic credit earned at a previous institution or at this institution. Transfer requests should be initiated in OASS with the School of Nursing registrar.
  • Request Leave of Absence
Used to request a formal leave of absence. Student must write a brief paragraph summarizing reason for request. Academic advisor or Coordinator of the student’s specialty area must support the leave of absence. The form should be turned into the OAA for the signature of the program director.
  • Application for Readmission
Used to re-enter a graduate program after being away (not enrolled) during a regular semester (spring or fall). Academic advisor or Coordinator of the student’s specialty area must support the application for readmission. Graduate School deadlines:

  • Fall – July 1
  • Spring – December 1
  • Summer Session I – April 1
  • Summer Session II – June 1

Please check with the Office of Academic Affairs for internal dealines for processing by the School of Nursing. In general, internal deadlines are one month beforeGraduate School deadlines.

  • Request Reinstatement
Used to request reinstatement to the Graduate School after having been declared academically ineligible to proceed.
  • Request Extension of Time
Used to request an extension of time for (1) completion of degree OR (2) removal of IN/AB grade.