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We are here to help you succeed. Check out the information below to stay on top of important degree milestones and navigate the policies and procedures at the College of Natural Resources and Center for Geospatial Analytics.

Enrollment & Course Registration Dates

General start times for enrollment (registration) are included for each semester in NC State’s academic calendar. Subscribe to the Graduate School’s academic calendar for additional details and deadlines. Students should always check Enrollment Dates in MyPack Portal for specific times and dates.

Graduate Handbook

The Graduate Handbook provides an overview of Graduate School functions and resources, as well as the rules, regulations, and procedures administered by the Graduate School. It is the responsibility of ALL graduate students to know and understand their degree requirements. Students are responsible for the fulfillment of those requirements. We recommend subscribing to the Graduate School’s academic calendar to help keep track of important dates and deadlines.

Center Program Handbooks

The Graduate Certificate in GIS Program HandbookMGIST Program Handbook and Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. Program Handbook introduce students to the Center for Geospatial Analytics and provide ongoing references for program and university procedures.

Creating a Plan of Work

Students are required to complete a conditional Plan of Work (POW) in consultation with their advisor/advisory committee by the time they have completed half of the credits required for their degree. The final POW submitted to the Graduate School must be approved by two parties:

  1. members of the advisory committee for programs with a required thesis, or the academic advisor for professional master’s students, followed by
  2. the Director of Graduate Program (DGP). The approved POW is submitted electronically by the DGP to the Graduate School.

For assistance with this process, please review the Plan of Work PowerpointProfessional master’s students and Graduate Certificate in GIS students can also visit their program websites for more information or consult the program handbook provided during orientation.


Students must apply to graduate through MyPack Portal in order to participate in the graduation exercises, have their transcript posted, and receive a diploma. The Graduate School posts deadlines for each semester. However, students should pay attention to program deadlines for applying to graduate, as these will often be earlier than the Graduate School deadline. To learn how to “Apply to Graduate,” see the Graduate School’s informational guide.

Professional Development

The Graduate School at NC State offers a range of signature programs to supplement your degree and sharpen your competitive edge. For more information, visit the Graduate School’s Professional Development page.

Additional information for students about external funding and career planning is available on our internal resources site.

Additional Info

Additional information about college-wide resources, including links to printing and student study spaces, is available through the College of Natural Resources:

Additional information about policies and procedures at the Center for Geospatial Analytics is available at our Internal Resources site: