Graduate Resources

Welcome, graduate students! The resources on this page should provide forms and information related to projects, theses, graduation and funding. There are also links to the graduate catalog and payroll calendar.


New Graduate Student Resources – Whether you’re new to TCU or returning for your master’s degree, this is a great place to start.

TCU Graduate Catalog: Bob Schieffer College of Communication Section

Projects & Theses

Please right-click to “Save link as…” then open with Adobe Acrobat to properly fill out the forms.

Appointment of Master’s Committee – Please digitally complete the form, obtain all digital signatures and email to This form should be submitted prior to enrolling in project or thesis courses.

Final Defense Report Form — No later than Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2024, complete the Final Defense Form, obtain all digital signatures and email to

Thesis forms & Information

Thesis Grad Manual (.docx) – This College of Communication thesis manual describes important thesis formatting requirements and deadlines.

Thesis Template (.docx) – Download and use this Microsoft Word document to properly format your thesis for online archiving and access through Proquest/UMI.

Sample Completed Thesis – View a PDF-version of a recent completed thesis.

Thesis Title Page (pdf) – Download this form to get signatures from your committee and the associate dean.

Submit your completed and defended thesis electronically to UMI. The TCU library has step-by-step instructions on the submission page. A publishing fee will be placed on your student account, which can be paid online.

Graduation information & Deadlines

Intent to Graduate form – Please complete the online form. You may also download and fill out the form and submit via email to or in person to MOUS 207. A nonrefundable graduation processing fee will be billed to the student’s account.

Cancel Intent to Graduate – Submit if for any reason, after filing an Intent to Graduate, you need to change your planned graduating semester.

Spring 2024 Project and Comprehensive Exam Guidelines and Deadlines

Fall 2023 Thesis Guidelines and Deadlines

TCU Graduation Deadlines

Graduate Hooding Ceremony – The Schieffer graduate hooding ceremony is scheduled for 3-4 p.m. Friday, May 10. At this special event, you will be introduced individually, and a graduate faculty member will place your hood on you. Schieffer graduate awards will also be recognized at this ceremony. Please arrive at Moudy South 320 no later than 3:25. Come dressed in your TCU cap and gown and bring your hood with you. All students will have an assigned seat on the stage.

Funding & Payroll

TCU Graduate Studies

College of Communication Funding for Graduate Student Research Presentation Travel

College of Communication Graduate Student Thesis Grants

Student Payroll Information