Student Resources

Academic Information and Policies

For complete reference to all academic policies affecting graduate students view the 2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin. If further information is needed concerning graduate policies, call 812-465-7015 or email

A complete list of graduate student policies can be found on the Graduate Academic Information and Policies page.

Change of Graduate Program Form

Complete the Change of Graduate Program form if:

  • you are accepted into a graduate program at USI and
  • needing to change your current graduate program, or
  • needing to change your current program track, or 
  • adding a concentration, or
  • adding an additional certificate.

Once submitted, the form will go through our approval process. Please allow two weeks for processing.

Change of Graduate Program form

Change of Residency

Residency Guidelines

Residency Application

Eagle Access Card (Student ID)

Your Eagle Access Card is a "Stored Value" card as well as your Student ID.  For students, faculty, and staff it is your all-in-one card for:

  • Personal identification
  • Library Privileges
  • Bookstore Purchases/Book Buyback
  • Sodexo Food Services
  • Computer Lab Printers
  • Copiers
  • Access to the Recreation Fitness Wellness Center and Computer Labs
  • Laundry

You can retrieve your Eagle Access Card in the Eagle Access office in the lower level of the University Center West.

For DISTANCE STUDENTS who want a student ID and cannot come to campus, click HERE.

Final Graduate Project (Dissertation, Thesis or Project)

Links below are to documents and forms with instructions on how to write a final graduate project report to fulfill graduation requirements for a graduate program at the University of Southern Indiana and how and when to submit the thesis/report and the required forms to the Graduate Studies Office for formal approval and acceptance. 

  1. Templates
    1. APA Thesis Template
    2. Chicago Thesis Template
    3. MLA Thesis Template
    4. Ed.D. Dissertation Template
    5. Ed.D. Research Proposal Template
  2. Routing Form
  3. Old Templates/Forms (for office use)
    1. MA Thesis Guidelines
    2. MA Thesis Sample Pages
    3. MS Thesis Guidelines
    4. MS Thesis Sample Pages
    5. Procedures for submitting a thesis/project report and Mechanics of the Thesis or Capstone Project Submission and Approval
    6. Thesis Review Contact Form

For more information on how to submit a dissertation or thesis to SOAR, please visit the Library's website.

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Fresh Start Program

The Fresh Start Program is designed to benefit former USI graduate students who are returning to the University after an extended absence and whose previous academic record was unsatisfactory (student was academically dismissed or on academic probation). This Fresh Start Program allows a readmitting student who wishes to complete an unfinished graduate degree a one-time opportunity to apply for a "Fresh Start." The Fresh Start Program does not apply to certificate programs.

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Graduate Student Research & Travel Awards
Graduate Student Writing Consultant

Need assistance with your writing project? Contact our Graduate Assistant in the Writing Center in Academic Skills!

Graduation Requirements & Commencement

Candidates for graduation must file with the Registrar's Office a Formal Application for Graduation and a Diploma Form. If degree requirements will be completed in a spring or summer term, the forms should be submitted no later than October 1 of the preceding fall term. If degree requirements will be completed in the fall term, the forms should be submitted no later than March 1 of the preceding spring term. The Application for Graduation may be obtained at the office of the student's graduate program director. The Diploma Form is submitted online by visiting the Registrar's website. Timely submission of the Formal Application for Graduation and Diploma Form help ensure that degree candidates receive commencement mailings, appear in the printed commencement program, and will have a diploma ordered.


  • Maintain a B (3.0) average or better in all graduate work (higher GPA may be required in certain programs).
  • Maintain continuous enrollment in graduate work.
  • Complete degree requirements, including a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit, within seven years of enrollment in the first course(s) counting for degree credit in the program or retake or validate courses exceeding this time limit.

Additional Resources

Students may pick up their diploma at the Registrar's office in the Orr Center, or request that their diploma be mailed.

MyUSI Account

Accepted to a Graduate Program at USI? Activate your myUSI account today!

myUSI Account Activation

Online Learning Resources

Online Learning Student Services

USI Student Handbook

As a member of the USI community, students have access to a wealth of resources to support your success. Here you will have many opportunities to learn, to grow, and to get involved in an endless variety of opportunities, intellectually, personally and professionally.  As with any community, there are rules that have been developed to ensure a supportive and appropriate environment for learning. While these rules pertain primarily to students, they are consistent with the expectations for all members of the USI community.

Student Handbook/Student Conduct

Recorded Professional Development Workshops

Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop

USI Graduate Studies invites you to this free professional development workshop discussing ethical principles of research presented by Dr. Melissa Stacer, Director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program.

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Resume Workshop

Helpful tips and suggestions to update your professional resume or curriculum vitae. * Hosted by Dr. Michael Dixon, Director of Graduate Studies, and Dr. Trent Engbers, Director of Master of Public Administration program.

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2021 Graduate Student Colloquium

The United States has been engaged in a discourse focused sharply upon the issues of race, racism, equity, diversity, inclusivity, and others. This Colloquium aims to provide the University of Southern Indiana’s graduate students (current and former) with an opportunity to participate in this dialogue. Participants will address how their education and scholarly pursuits can be utilized to promote equity, diversity, inclusivity, and social justice. More information about the USI Graduate Student Colloquium can be found at

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2020 Graduate Student Colloquium

In an effort to make this third annual Graduate Student Colloquium more accessible to our increasingly large number of students, both online as well as those on-campus, we have selected as its theme Accessibility. This theme also reflects the University of Southern Indiana’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, which included “access by design” as one of its three strategic goals. As the university transitions to its third strategic plan, we take this opportunity to celebrate Accessibility in all of its manifestations.

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Graduate Studies Orientation

The online orientation is a self-guided resource designed for graduate students and is intended to help prepare you for your arrival to and start at the University of Southern Indiana.

The online orientation is open to all incoming and current graduate students. The online orientation is divided into five (5) modules. Once you have joined, you can access the orientation any time from anywhere with an internet connection.

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