Resources for Current Students

Workshops & Events  

Please visit our Dissertation & Thesis page to register for virtual help sessions with the Graduate School and University Libraries.

Doctoral Discussion Forums

Doctoral Discussion Forums will be held during Intersession 2020-21. Students are strongly encouraged to attend and ask panelists questions during their talks. Please RSVP to a forum to receive the Zoom meeting information. 

Session 2: Managing Your Dissertation & Planning Your Career Path

Session 2 Topics

The topics for Session 2 will include:

  • Writing and defending the dissertation proposal

  • Strategies for completing components of your dissertation

  • Strategies for preparing for and defending your dissertation

  • Creating your career path beyond your dissertation

Panelists will also talk about how to deal with setbacks, time management and building a support system. Please contact Dr. Yu-Hui Chen ([email protected]) with any questions.


Humanities Forum

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, January 19, 2021

RSVP: Register for the Session 2: Humanities Forum.


  • Dr. Rachel Cohon (Philosophy)

  • Dr. Griffith Glyne (English)

  • Dr. Lotfi Sayahi (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)


Social Sciences Forum

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, January 20, 2021

RSVP: Register for the Session 2: Social Sciences Forum.


  • Dr. Kajal Lahiri (Economics)

  • Dr. Melissa Tracy (Public Health)

  • Dr. Katherine Trent (Sociology)

  • Dr. Alan Wagner (Education)


STEM Forum

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, January 21, 2021

RSVP: Register for the Session 2: STEM Forum.


  • Dr. Melinda Larsen (Biological Sciences)

  • Dr. Igor Lednev (Chemistry)

  • Dr. Ryan Torn (Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences)

  • Dr. Christine Wagner (Behavioral Neuroscience)

University Resources 

Please visit the University's Current Students page for quick links to frequently visited websites, forms and other online resources available to all currently enrolled students. 

Visit the Graduate Policies page for quick links within the Graduate Bulletin.

Download and read a copy of the Graduate Student Guidebook here. 


Graduation and Degree Award Application 

The University’s programs vary in pace and individualization. As a result, graduate students who are entering their expected final term of study for a degree must submit a degree award application to become a degree candidate. 

UAlbany uses degree award applications to audit students’ academic records to ensure degree clearance, order diplomas and identify students for Commencement purposes. 

You should submit a degree award application on MyUAlbany at the beginning of the semester in which you anticipate graduating. 

To participate in Commencement ceremonies and events, your degree award application must be received within the submission window detailed on the Academic Calendar

Please review the Graduate Bulletin's Degree Application Policies and the Registrar’s Degree Application page for more information. 

Note: Some academic departments require students to complete their program in a specific allotted time. The University statute of limitations policy for all other programs is as follows: 

  • Certificate programs: Six years 

  • Master’s programs: Six years 

  • Doctoral programs: Eight years 

Supplemental Program Applications 

Graduate students may be eligible to earn subordinate degrees within their disciplines. For example, students pursuing doctoral programs can also pursue master's degrees within their department.  

To activate a subordinate degree program, students need to submit a request in one of two ways: 

There is a $20 fee associated with a supplemental program application. Students will receive a confirmation email once their application is processed. 

Note: The supplemental program application can only be submitted for subordinate degrees within your department. You must submit a standard Graduate School application for programs outside of your department. 

Please review the Graduate Bulletin to determine if your discipline offers subordinate degrees within your department.