Degree completion and graduation steps

Students reaching their final semester in the program should follow the degree completion steps as referenced on the One Stop Student Services page. Students in our programs follow the steps listed under the Graduate Degree Plan (GDP) section.

Please note your GDP needs to be processed in order to gain access to the remainder of the forms detailed in the degree completion steps checklist.

Important notes

  • All students in the Data Science M.S. program are Plan B students.  Plan A and C are not options.
  • Plan B M.S. students should submit the Final Examination Form to their exam committee in Step 5 to record a final decision on their written report.  Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students should submit the Final Report Form to for the appropriate signature and final processing in Step 5. Students will receive these forms as part of Graduation Packet.
  • The oral exam requirement for the Data Science M.S. is satisfied through participation in the annual Data Science Poster Fair. A formal presentation to your faculty committee is not necessary, and the committee will only review and assess the written Plan B project report. This is a unique feature of our program and is different from many M.S. Plan B programs at the University of Minnesota.
  • Plan B M.S. students will initially receive an "I" grade for their Plan B Project course. Once a student has completed their project, including participation in the annual poster fair and receiving a "pass" on their written report, they will need to connect with the Director of Graduate Studies to update their grade.