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The Graduate College Handbook

for students, faculty and staff – August 2018

A. Introduction

Graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are enrolled in the Graduate College. This Handbook covers campus academic and administrative policies and requirements pertaining to graduate students at the University, and is current as of August 2018. All graduate students must follow Graduate College policies.

In addition to the policies outlined in this handbook, individual graduate departments or units may have additional policies specific to students enrolled in their units, and students should become familiar with their departmental handbooks. Please consult the Web sites linked throughout this handbook for additional information.

The College awards doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, Certificates of Advanced Study and Artist’s Diplomas, which will be referred to as degrees or graduate degrees throughout the document. With oversight responsibilities for all graduate students pursuing degrees in every major in more than a dozen academic colleges, schools, and institutes, the Graduate College works to address a wide range of issues basic to graduate education at Illinois. More information about the Graduate College is online at