FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Faculty should accommodate graduate students who want to attend classes remotely. However, graduate students are also allowed to attend their classes in-person, provided that faculty and students engage in social distancing (i.e., spread out in a comparatively large classroom) and no more than 10 people attend in-person.
Graduate students may request a leave of absence from their graduate program. If a leave of absence is approved, an enrolled student does not have to register for a semester and will not be charged a $100 per semester continuous registration fee. COVID-19 related circumstances qualify under the ‘Illness, required military service, or other extenuating circumstances’ category. A leave of absence request must be approved by your department, by a financial aid counselor (if you are receiving financial aid), by the Office of Global Engagement (international students only), and by the Graduate School.
Awarding of graduate degrees will continue as usual.
Due to the cancelation of all university events through May 1, Utah State University has canceled its 133rd commencement ceremony in Logan and all graduation events at its statewide campuses this spring. If public health circumstances allow, the university plans to conduct an in-person graduation ceremony in Logan on Aug. 28-29. Statewide campuses will plan graduation events sometime in the first two weeks of September. For more details about these changes, visit usu.edu/commencement or Utah State Today. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding commencement. Also see the commencement page on USU School of Graduate Studies website.
All applicants for graduation will continue to be notified of possible future celebrations and/or events.
Graduate students who were approved for early commencement (i.e., to participate in Spring 2020 commencement before completing their degree) will be eligible to participate in the August graduation ceremonies.
Students must still complete a Graduation Application in order to receive a diploma.
For Spring 2020 semester, the Graduate School will accept other coursework graded ‘P’ at the recommendation of individual departments. If you have been sufficiently disadvantaged by the current CORVID-19 situation that your department is willing to accept a grade of ‘P’, please have your department send an email to Megan Murdock with the your name and the course for which you are wishing to receive a “Pass” grade.
All USU-related travel has been cancelled through June 1. Students are encouraged to carefully evaluate their own travel plans and make changes as they seem necessary.
No. We recommend scheduling virtual sessions when feasible.
Application processing will continue as usual. There may be delays in processing applications for which hard copies of transcripts are submitted.
During this time, the School of Graduate Studies can still accept mailed transcripts from your institution, however, submitting paper transcripts may result in processing delays depending on personnel availability. Digital transcripts can be sent to email@example.com. If you have additional questions about transcripts or your university is not currently issuing transcripts, please contact Aaron Walter. Due to current safety concerns, we ask that you do not attempt to submit any transcripts by hand at this time.
GRE & TOEFL: The Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the GRE and TOEFL, has made those two tests available online in locations where there are testing centers (except Mainland China and Iran). [https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/at-home/] Unless you lack access to sufficient internet bandwidth, or a quiet place to take the test, you should be able to provide scores for those tests. The School of Graduate Studies will continue to use the highest score reported for any part of the test for admissions, if an applicant takes the test more than once.
GMAT: An online version of the GMAT is scheduled to be available mid-April.
MAT: No indication that an online version will be available.
Given some of these tests may not be online soon, individual departments have authority to adjust their application deadlines and requirements to accommodate students. Please reach out to your specific department of interest with questions regarding adjustments to admission requirements.
The School of Graduate Studies will accept nonofficial transcripts for departments to use in evaluating applicants, however an official transcript will be required before students are allowed to register for the fall semester.
In an effort to provide the most accurate up-to-date information, SGS will not be posting answers to specific questions from graduate students because of the high frequency at which answers can change. However, we are monitoring all questions that come in and will respond promptly. Visit any of the links below for information about other USU/Logan City responses to COVID-19.
OFFICIAL UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY COVID-19 SITE
USU RESEARCH COVID-19 SITE
USU HOUSING COVID-19 SITE
CITY OF LOGAN COVID-19 SITE
CVTD BUS SERVICE UPDATES
APPLYING FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL
NATIONAL GRAD CRISIS-LINE