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Department of Religion



F Department of Religion

U F College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
: 107 Anderson Hall
SPO Box 117410
Gainesville FL 32611-7410
Phone: 352-392-1625
Fax: 352-392-7395

Prepared by:
Dr. Robin M. Wright, former Graduate Program Coordinator
Annie Newman, Department Senior Secretary
Ron Ozbun, Office Manager
Cecilia Rodriguez-Armas, former Office Manager
Jane Dominguez, Art & Publications Production Specialist
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I. In tro du action .......................................................... 3

II. C L A S .................. ................................. 4
A bout CLA S ................ ... .. ......... ........ .... ....... .. 4
W ho's W ho in CLA S.................................... ... ....... 4

III. The G graduate School ........................................ ................4
Graduate School Administrators .......................................4

IV D epartm ent of Religion ................................ ................. 5
History of the Department of Religion .............................
Affiliated Centers, Societies, and Organizations .............. 5
Who's Who in the Department of Religion ...................... 5
A dm inistrative Faculty......................................................
A dm inistrative Staff ..................................... ............ .. 5
F acu lty ........................................ ... . . ............. 5
Contact Inform ation ..................................... ............ 5

V G graduate Program ........................................ ......................6

VI. Admission Rules and Procedures ......................................6

VII. Assistantships, Fellowships, Scholarships
and Other Alternative Sources of Funding .....................7.
Graduate A assistants ...................................... ... .......7.
Evaluations ............... ............. .......... .. .......... ..... 7
Alumni Graduate Program .............................................. 8
Assistantships versus Fellowship ...................................8.
Scholarships, Fellowships and Alternative Sources ........... 9
External Fellow ships .................................................... 9

VIII. Financial Information ................................................ 9
Tuition W aivers .................... ................... .......... ..... 9

IX H health Insurance ................ ............................ .......... 10

X Em ploym ent at UF .................................. ....... ......... 10
Required Paperwork ......................... ................. 10
Dates of Appointment (employment) .............................10
P ay ro ll .............................. .... ............... .... ..... 10
P ayday s ................................... ..... . . ............ 10

X I. R esidency ........................................... ... ... .............. 11
G guidelines ............................................................... . 11
Florida Residency Information for Students................... 11

X II. T ra v e l ......................................... ............... 1 3
CLA S/Travel form ....................................... ............ 13
Travel A uthorizations ............................. ... ............. 13
Travel Expense Reports ..................................... .......... 13

XIII. Academic Degree Requirements ....................................13

X IV Q qualifying Exam s ..................................... ................ 15
R religion and N ature ................................ ............ .... 15
Religion in the A m ericas .............................................. 15
Religions of A sia ............. .............. ................ 15

X V D issertation Proposal .............................. ........... ..... 15

XVI. Adm mission to Candidacy ............................................. 16

XVII. Dissertation and Defense ............................................ 16

X VIII. Course W ork ................ ............................ .......... 16
R religion and N ature ................................ ............. ... 17
Religion in the A m ericas .............................................. 17
Religions of Asia ................................... ............. 17

XIX Registration Procedures ............................................... 18
Registration Requirements ............................................ 18
Teaching Assistant Registration Requirements ............... 18

XX. Graduate Courses and Credits ....................................... 19

XXI. Committee Chairs and Members .................................. 19
Com m ittee Rules ................................. ........ ........ 20

XXII. Evaluation of Graduate Students
for Satisfactory Progress............... ............ ........... 20

XXIII. Research Involving Animal or Human Subjects .......... 21

XXIV. Preparing for Graduation .......................................... 21

XXV. Graduate School Editorial Office ............................... 22
Thesis and Dissertation Deadlines ................................ 23

XXVI. Format Requirements: Theses and Dissertations ........ 24
Questions? .................................... .............. .. 24

XXVII. Graduate Student Resources .................................... 24
Web Pages and Email Listserves .................................... 25
Workshops for Teaching Assistants .............................. 25

XXVIII. English for International Students ........................... 26

XXIX. Academic and Administration Petitions .................. 26

XXX. Department Procedures and Resources...................... 26
Change in Number of Dependants................................. 26
Change of A address ..................................... ................ 26
Change of Name................................... .................... 26
Use of Conference Room / Break Room...................... 26
A access to Offices............... ........................ 26
U se of C opier ....... .. .................................................... 26
U se of FA X M achine...................................................... 26
Computers .... .............................. .. .............. .. 26
Em ail A accounts ................ ............................ .......... 27
Telephone instructions............................ .................... 27
Communicating with the Office Manager .................... 27


This little booklet is intended to be a resource that explains to
you, the graduate student, how the Graduate Program in
Religion operates. We have tried to be comprehensive in
covering all aspects of your experience in the Graduate Program
in Religion. You will find information on fellowships,
assistantships and other forms of financial assistance. There is
administrative information that is very important for you to be
aware of. The most important parts contain information on what
our Graduate Program is all about, how it came to be the way it
is, and how you, in making your way through the Program, can
take advantage of the excellent resources you have at your
disposal. There is an explanation of the "Track" system, which
essentially refers to the main areas of specialization.

The uniqueness of our Graduate Program-which
distinguishes it from similar, top-rate programs lies in the way
students can cross over the Tracks, creating new frontiers of
graduate research in Religion. The three Tracks as they stand,
hold an enormous potential for cutting-edge research and top
quality instruction. This Manual walks you through the Program,
guiding you and explaining every step of the way until the
completion of the Ph.D. degree. Finally, this Manual explains
the day-to-day operational functioning of the Department. We
hope that this booklet will help you set your bearings for this
long journey of the Ph.D. Program and -beyond that, assist you
in mapping out the terrain so that you can find your way around.

Robin M. Wright
Former Graduate Coordinator


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of
Florida is the largest college on campus, with more than 800
faculty members responsible for teaching the majority of the
university's core curriculum courses to at least 35,000 students
each year. CLAS has more than 12,000 undergraduate students
pursuing a variety of disciplines through its 40 majors and 42
minors. Additionally, nearly 2,000 graduate students are also
attaining their advanced degrees in the college.
The college faculty rank among the best in the nation and
have received a variety of national and international awards,
including the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowships, Senior

Paul D'Anieri
Allan Burns
Margaret Fields
Jim Mueller
Sheila Dickison
Albert Matheny
David Richardson
Bernard Mair

Fulbright Awards, National Science Foundation Fellowships,
Presidential Young Investigator Awards, National Endowment
for the Humanities Fellowships, and hold memberships in the
National Academy of Science, the Nobel Prize Committee, the
Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Societies of
London and Edinburgh.
CLAS students also are among the top at UF, receiving
numerous scholarships and awards for their academic
performance. During the past several years, CLAS has a Rhodes
Scholar, as well as several Barry Goldwater Scholars, Harry
Truman Scholars, and James Madison Scholars.

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Assistant Dean for Research and Development
Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Interim Associate Dean for Research
Associate Dean of Information Resources & Technological Programs


The Graduate School administration includes the Dean; the Associate Deans; the Graduate Council; and the Graduate Faculty.
General policies and standards of the Graduate School are established by the Graduate Faculty. Detailed policy interpretations
published in the Graduate Catalog have the approval of the Graduate Council. The Graduate Catalog is available from the Registrar's
Office, S222 Criser, and in the Graduate School lobby, first floor, Grinter. It may also be found at http://gradschool.rgp.ufl.edu.
The Graduate School is constitutionally responsible for the general supervision of graduate programs within the University including
the enforcement of minimum standards of graduate work in the University, recommendation of candidates for graduate degrees to the
President, and the encouragement of graduate study and research.

Graduate School Administrators:

Henry Frierson

Kenneth J. Gerhardt
Laurence Alexander

Karen A. Bradley
Margann Enholm
Rimjhim Banerjee
Anne Taylor
Earl Wade

Associate Vice President
Dean of the Graduate School
Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Director, Graduate Minority Programs
Associate Director of the Graduate School
Coordinator, Graduate Student Records
Coordinator, Data Management
Coordinator, Editorial Office
Coordinator, Graduate Minority Programs

Who's Who in CLAS:


History of the Department of Religion
Founded in 1946, the Department of Religion is the second
oldest religion department in a public university, preceded only
by Iowa in 1927 and followed by North Carolina in 1947. Under
the leadership ofDelton Scudder for its first twenty-six years,
the department offered both an academic curriculum of Bible,
Religion in American Life, and Comparative Religion and
leadership in the annual Religion in Life Week activities. During
the late 1960s and through the 1970s, the faculty and curriculum
expanded leading to the founding of the Asian Studies Program
and the Center for Jewish Studies. By 1990 a graduate master's
degree program was inaugurated and by 2003 the doctoral
program was launched in three distinct areas: Religions of Asia,
Religion and Nature, and Religion in the Americas.

Affiliated Centers, Societies, and Organizatic
Center for Spirituality and Health
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Contact: Dr. Sheldon Isenberg, Department ofReligion

Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions
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Contact: Dr. Vasudha Narayanan, Department ofReligion

International Society for the Study of Religion,
Nature, and Culture

Contact: Dr. Bron Taylor, Department ofReligion

Who's Who in the Department of Religion
Administrative Faculty
Vasudha Narayanan Distinguished Professor and Interim Chair
Manuel Vasquez Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Gwynn Kessler Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator

Administrative Staff
Ron Ozbun Office Manager
general management of the department: fi
budget, accounting, purchases of compute
equipment, payroll, employment issues, ti
Annie Newman Senior Secretary
scheduling, grading, registration, correspc
reservations of rooms for events.
TBA Student Assistant
maintenance of web page; computer suppi

Department of Religion Faculty
Distinguished Professor: V. R. Narayanan
Professor: Anna Peterson
Associate Professors: David G. Hackett, Jim Mueller, Mario
Poceski, Bron Taylor, Gene Thursby, Manuel Vasquez,

Contact Information
PO Box 117410
107 Anderson Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7410

The Religion Department today is an increasingly plural
environment where we live in overlapping neighborhoods that
come together for both immediate and longer-term
conversations. Our established fields of research are our
neighborhoods: Bible, Jewish Studies, Islam, Buddhism,
Hinduism, Christianity, African Religions and Indigenous
Religions. Yet our neighborhoods also come together not only in
our three doctoral tracks of Asia, Nature, and the Americas but
also in such areas as ethics, gender, and method and theory. And
our neighborhoods are part of a larger city called religion.
Today's department has no normative religion, geographic area
or method. At its best, it is the kind of department that is best
equipped to creatively respond and contribute to an
understanding of religion as it is lived today.

Center for Jewish Studies
Contact: Dr. Jack Kugelmass

Center for Latin American Studies

Contact: Dr. Carmen Diana Deere



annenl @religion.ufl.edu


Robin Wright
Assistant Professors: Robert Kawashima, Gwynn Kessler,
Roman Loimeier, Jason Neelis, A. Whitney Sanford, G. Zoharah
Simmons, Travis Smith

Phone: (352) 392-1625
Fax: (352) 392-7395
W ebsite: h].ilp i.'l i. .. 11 c1..ln


The graduate program in the Department of Religion at the
University of Florida is designed to prepare students for careers
in teaching and research in three distinct fields of specialization:
Religion in the Americas, Religions of Asia, and Religion and
These areas were created in the late 1990s, when the
Department developed a PhD program that would bring together
its particular faculty and university resources to offer what it
hoped would be specializations at the cutting edge of the
religious studies discipline. The Religion and Nature program
draws broadly on faculty both within the department and the
university to create a field of study at the intersection of religion,
nature, and society that is without precedent anywhere else in
the world. Religion in the Americas builds upon the strengths
of department faculty and the Center for Latin American
Studies, one of the largest and best-regarded programs in the
country, to envision the first-ever doctoral program that looks at
the broad diversity of religious cultures in the Americas from a
hemispheric perspective. Religions of Asia, in turn, draws upon
faculty from our department and the Asian Studies program to
provide students with a broad understanding of the dynamic
interactions among Asian Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus. This
track also connects with Religion in the Americas in considering
the ways in which Asian traditions have been imported to the
West, and with Religion and Nature in providing opportunities
to examine nature-human relationships in Asian cultures and
religions. In other words, while the three tracks in and of
themselves provide the space for specialization, there are
numerous opportunities for the student to forge synergistic links

between or among the tracks thereby creating new and important
interfaces. Finally, while a specialization in Jewish Studies has
yet to be created as a track, the Department does offer courses in
this area, which, in conjunction with the University's Center for
Jewish Studies in the future, may provide the basis for a Ph.D. in
this area.
At the present time, The Department of Religion offers the
(1) Master of Arts with thesis; (2) non-thesis Master of Arts; and
(3) Doctor of Philosophy degrees in three fields of
specialization: religion in the Americas, religions of Asia, and
religion and nature. Complete descriptions of the minimum
requirements for these degrees are provided in the General
In, .. ,n. i.,, section of the graduate catalog. In special instances,
and with the agreement of the graduate advisory committee and
two sponsoring faculty members, master's degree students may
choose an area outside the three designated fields.
Some applicants to our graduate program are very strong
students whose undergraduate preparation was not directly in
religious studies (e. g. Environmental Science, Latin American
Studies, or Asian Studies). The non-thesis degree option is
intended to strengthen the preparation of such exceptional
students from other disciplines before they begin working on the
Ph.D. in religious studies.
Combined Program: The department offers a
bachelor's/master's degree program. Contact the graduate
coordinator for information.
For details about the programs listed above, visit


General: Some successful applicants enter the department after
majoring in religious studies as undergraduates, although others
may come from other fields. In most instances, doctoral
applicants hold a master's degree from this or other religious
studies programs, a theological school, or another program
closely related to their Ph.D. specialization.
Application to the Religion graduate program involves a
simultaneous process of application to both the Graduate School
and the department. In addition to the minimum requirements of
the Graduate School, applicants must fulfill the additional
requirements of the department.
Graduate School Minimum Requirements: minimum
grade average of B for all upper-division undergraduate work
and scores that are acceptable to the program to which the
student is applying on the General Test of the Graduate Record
Examination (GRE) (or on the Graduate Management
Admission Test for Administration) for students with an earned
bachelor's degree only or its international equivalent. These
scores must be used in the context of a holistic credential review
All international students seeking admission to the
Graduate School must submit satisfactory scores on the GRE
General Test, or GMAT for selected programs. International
students must submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL (Test of
English as a Foreign Language: computer=213, paper=550,
web= 80), IELTS (International English Language Test System:
6), MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery:
77) or successful completion of the University of Florida
English Language Institute program. Students who meet the
following conditions may be exempt from the English language

test requirements: International students whose native language
is English or international students who have spent at least 1
academic year in a degree-seeking program at a college or
university in a country where English is the official language, if
their attendance was in the year immediately prior to UF
admission. International students with unsatisfactory scores on
the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB; unsuccessful completion of the
University of Florida English Language Institute program; or an
unacceptable score on the verbal part of the GRE must achieve
an acceptable score on an essay administered by the Academic
Written English program at UF. If English skills are not
acceptable, then performance on the essay will be used to place
students in appropriate courses that will not count toward a
graduate degree.
Department Requirements: Regardless of the degree
sought, all applicants for admission must meet the Graduate
School requirements. In addition, the department requires:
1. Three references from persons competent to evaluate the
applicant's potential for graduate work;
2. An essay of three to five double-spaced, typewritten
pages identifying the applicant's goals and particular
interests pertinent to the three available fields of study
(this essay is extremely important and applicants should
attend to it carefully);
3. Beyond these requirements, applicants need to show
clear evidence of solid preparation before admission.
This usually includes formal study of the primary
language in the area of specialization. A minimum score
of 1100 on the GRE (600 on the verbal portion) and a
writing sample is also required. In addition to evidence

of preparation and academic promise, the department
gives careful consideration to the fit between an
applicant's central scholarly interests and the resources
the department and university have to offer.
For those students who have completed the M.A. degree
and wish to continue into the Ph.D. Program, the following
documents should be submitted to the Graduate Advisory
1. A letter from the student's M.A. advisor on behalf of the
2. The student's academic record while in the M.A.
Program; and
3. A brief description by the student indicating his/her
research plans on the Doctoral level.
How to Apply:
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On the admissions application, students should ensure that
they designate the proper degree program for which they seek
admittance. Students seeking the M.A. should select the
category "M.A. only," students without an M.A. who intend to
seek the Ph.D. at the University of Florida should select the
Ph.D. category, as should students with an M.A. in hand.
Students without an M.A. degree who are applying for the Ph.D.
should indicate whether they would consider admission as an
M.A. student in their personal statement.
For the Office of Admission, please send your completed
application, $30 application fee (for first time applicants),
official transcripts and official GRE scores, and TOEFL scores
(international applicants) to the Office of Admission. POB 2946,
Gainesville FL 32602-2946.
For the department, please send the statement of purpose, a
writing sample, three letters of recommendation
form.pdf), along with a copy of the Graduate School application,
transcripts, and test scores directly to the department's graduate
secretary (transcripts and test scores need not be official) P.O.
Box 117410, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.
Note: International students are requested to complete the

online application, and send the certification of financial
responsibility form to the University of Florida International
Application Dates And Deadlines: The deadline for
submission of all materials, including financial aid materials, is
January 15. Applicants will be notified of action taken by the
Graduate Advisory Committee no later than late March.
Students should ensure that they take the GRE examinations
early enough for the scores to arrive by the application deadline.
In rare cases the Graduate Advisory committee will consider
students for provisional spring semester admittance. Students
wishing to enroll for the first time during a spring semester
should contact the graduate coordinator to determine whether to
make such an application. Such applications, when authorized,
must be made by October 15. Any student admitted for a spring
semester must go through the competitive, regular admissions
process, which begins 15 January, and is not guaranteed
admission to the program, even if they are allowed to take
courses during that spring semester.
Readmission: This information applies only to students
who have been admitted to a graduate program and attended the
University. Graduate students who do not enroll at the
University for two consecutive terms, including any summer
term, must reapply for admission. Readmission, however, is not
guaranteed and is subject to availability of space at the
appropriate level, college or majors. Readmission applications
are available from the Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 114000,
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000 or online at
Add Or Change A Degree Program: Students who wish
to change a major or degree objective (including continuing to a
Ph.D. after receiving a master's degree), whether in the same or
to a different college, must submit a completed Change of
Degree Program form to the Office of Graduate Data
Management in 101 Grinter Hall. The form must be signed by
an authorized representative of the new department and college
and then be submitted to the Office of Graduate Data



Graduate Assistants
Not all graduate students have graduate assistantship
TA appointments are employment contracts with UF.
graduate assistantship appointments are 9-month appointments:
Aug 16-May 15.
As a TA you will get a tuition waiver by which UF will cover a
certain number of credit hours. You will be expected to pay
some of the fees.
If you are a TA over the summer, you must take summer classes.
If you are not taking classes, then you CANNOT have a TA
As a TA, your employment is thru Academic Affairs.

Every semester you are a TA, your professor will evaluate you.
All evaluations are in your personnel file. Each TA signs the
evaluation. You can write comments to what faculty has written
/ evaluated. You will be graded as SUPERIOR,

Alumni Graduate Program (Previously Called Alumni Fellowships)
Alumni Graduates represent the highest graduate student award slots each fiscal year (notification award letters usually go out in
available at the University. Funded at nationally competitive early Fall), calculated from PhD graduation rates. Given the
levels, these highly prestigious awards support students in all varied nature of the different Colleges across the campus, the
programs and departments of the University awarding a Ph.D. or Alumni Graduate program has been designed to be flexible to
MFA. To ensure that Alumni Graduates receive every accord maximum success with recruitment and utilization of the
opportunity to succeed, the AGP will provide a full four years of graduate student body.
support through a nationally competitive stipend and tuition For the academic year 2008-2009, the Department of
waiver for qualifying students. Most Alumni Graduates will Religion has been granted 1 Alumni Graduate award.
receive both research and teaching assignments. The University The basic structure of the program is for Alumni Graduate
expects Alumni Graduates to demonstrate high standards of Students to have a true fellowship, i.e., no duties or
academic achievement and participation in university life. responsibilities, for their first and fourth years; the second and
Applicants for the AGP apply through the departments or third years the Fellow is to have a teaching and/or research
programs of their major field of study. Successful applicants will position. This sequence of fellowship/assistantship/fellowship
have outstanding undergraduate preparation, a strong will allow the student to focus on their studies, acclimate to UF,
commitment to their field of study, and demonstrated potential gain valuable teaching and research experience, and then finish
in research and creative activities. Information on the various their dissertation and gain employment in good order. However,
Ph.D. and other graduate programs of the University of Florida Colleges/Departments are permitted to deviate from this
appear at: Graduate Degrees and Programs. sequence, depending on the College/Department's needs, and
Each College is allocated a number of Alumni Graduate proper notification to the student in the letter of offer.

Assistantships Versus Fellowships
Fellowships are not considered employment with UF.
Graduate assistantships (Teaching assistants, Research
assistants) are considered employment with UF.

Fellowship stipends are not taxed.
Graduate assistantship (Teaching assistant, Research assistant)
income is taxed because it is considered income.

Fellowships do not have any benefit cost to the Department.
Graduate assistantships (Teaching assistants, Research
assistants) have a small fringe benefit cost to the Department
(0.82% workers' comp.).

Fellowships do not roll over annually and students must be
appointed every year.
Graduate assistantships (Teaching assistants, Research
assistants) do roll over annually since they are considered

Graduate assistant appointments (Teaching [TA] or Research
[RA]) must be terminated if student is no longer a TA or RA.
Alumni Fellowships are 4 year commitments and students
remain as such until the end of the commitment, unless the
student leaves the university and/or graduate program.

Students on Alumni Fellowships do not get any "across-the-
board" or legislative pay raises (because it is not considered
Students appointed as Grad Assistants are eligible to receive UF
and legislative raises automatically. Generally, first year
appointments are not eligible for these raises. Once a Grad
Student's salary has been increased, it cannot be reduced, unless
FTE is reduced, in which case salary will be adjusted

Alumni Fellowships do require contracts or Letters of
Appointment for waiver purposes.
Graduate Assistants-Teaching and Graduate Assistants-Research
do require contracts or Letters of Appointment, with or without

Alumni Fellowships are usually 12-month appointments.
Graduate Assistants-Teaching and Graduate Assistants-Research
are usually 9-month appointments and can be offered for any
period of time, on a term basis, up to one calendar year.
However, if a student will switch back and forth from a
fellowship to a Graduate Assistant appointment (Teaching
assistant, Research assistant), then both appointments should be

If a grad student on an Alumni Fellowship does not take classes
over the summer, he/she will not get paid for the summer.
If a student is on a Graduate Assistant appointment (TA or RA)
over the summer he/she will need to sign up for classes over the
summer; otherwise they will not be paid.

Graduate students on fellowships do not require an evaluation /
Graduate Assistants (Teaching or Research) shall be evaluated
in writing once during each appointment period. Students that
have teaching duties should be appointed as a Graduate
Assistant-teaching, and their fellowship stipend should be
terminated, for that term.

Graduate Student appointments are conditioned by a collective
bargaining unit (union).

Fellowships get waivers for tuition fees for the required 12
credits (fall/spring terms).
Graduate assistant appointments (Teaching or Research) also
receive tuition waivers for the required 9 credits (fall/spring

Changes in FTE's for graduate students must be supported by a
change in duties / responsibilities and an automatic change in

If a Graduate Assistant-Teaching is doing research and is not
actually in the classroom, he/she should be appointed as a
Graduate Assistant-Research.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Alternative
Grinter Fellowships are granted by the College of Liberal Arts
& Sciences and is named in honor of Dr. Linton E. Grinter,
Dean of the Graduate School from 1952 to 1969. The fellowship
recruits truly exceptional graduate students. Currently enrolled
graduate students are not eligible, except for those students who
are entering a PhD program. Continuation of the Grinter
Fellowship beyond the first year is contingent upon satisfactory
academic progress. Interested students should contact their
academic units for complete information. Students awarded
Grinter Fellowships will receive $ 2,000. per year, usually paid
at the end of spring term or beginning of summer.

Wells Scholarships are named in honor of Linda and Charles
Wells and are exclusive to the Department of Religion. Students

awarded Wells Scholarships will receive $ 2,000. per year,
usually paid at the end of spring term or beginning of summer

Title VI-Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships are
available to graduate students whose programs are Latin
America or Africa oriented. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or
permanent residents who are registered full time, including a
language relevant to the area: Portuguese or Haitian Creole for
recipients through the Center for Latin American Studies; and
Akan, Arabic, Swahili or Yoruba for recipients through the
Center for African Studies. Information is available from the
directors of the Center for Latin American Studies or the Center
for African Studies.

External Fellowships
Information on external fellowships, small grants and other funding opportunities is available from Research and Graduate Programs. The
Community of Science Funding Opportunities database and the Grants data-base are keyword-searchable and are valuable information
Scholarships / Fellowships available through CLAS / UF Foundation


Annual Cost Estimates for Graduate Students
*subject to change
The following is a breakdown of the per credit hour amount of a Fall 2008 student's tuition for a Florida and Non-Florida resident during
the 2008-2009 academic year:

Capital Improvement Trust Fund
Student Financial Aid
Activity and Service Fee
Athletic Fee
Health Fee
Transportation Access
Total Florida Resident Rate/Credit Hour
Non-Resident Fee
Non-Resident Student Financial Aid
Total Non-Resident Rate/Credit Hour



Tuition Waivers
Every semester you must sign a Letter of Appointment (not the same as a Letter of Offer). Stop by 107 Anderson to sign the Letter of
Appointment. For the purpose of TUITION WAIVERS only, you will be considered an in-state Florida resident.
Waivers for tuition: 9 credits for Fall and 9 credits for Spring for Grad Assts; 12 credits for Fall, 12 credits for Spring, and 8 credits for
Summer for alumni fellows.

You MUST pay your portion of the fees by the established deadline-or you will be charged a late fee.


All Graduate Students appointed at an FTE of minimum 0.25 To enroll, go to www.gatorgradcare.com before September
and enrolled in a graduate degree program, are eligible to a 14, 2008. A brochure and other related information can be found
subsidy for health insurance. Graduate students on a Pre-Doc on the Human Resource Services website:
Fellowship and appropriately registered are eligible for health hliip i i i !.. I..l/benefits/gatorgradcare/resources/2008-
insurance benefits. Any additional costs of premium will be paid 2009-brochure.pdf
by student, via payroll deduction.


As a student at the University of Florida, there are several forms
of employment.
Alumni Fellowship: paid on a bi-weekly rate.

Required Paperwork
OPS application
4-in-One forms
Social Security Card

Dates Of Appointment (Employment)
9-month graduate student (19.5 pay periods)

Assistantship: paid on a bi-weekly rate, according to the
Other Personnel Services (OPS): paid on an hourly rate.

Driver License
Direct Deposit form
Emergency Contact form
Passport/VISA if applicable
Foreign Student Tax forms

12-month fellowship (26.1 pay periods)

Appointment dates of your employment do NOT coincide with class schedule.
Payroll Class Schedule
Fall 2008 08/16/08-12/31/08 08/25/08-12/10/08
Spring 2009 01/01/09-05/15/09 01/06/09-4/22/09

Paychecks are issued on a bi-weekly basis.
Work week begins on Friday and ends the following Thursday.

08/29/08 03/27/09
09/12/08 04/10/09
09/26/08 04/24/09
10/10/08 05/08/09
10/23/08 05/22/09
11/07/08 06/05/09
11/21/08 06/19/09
12/05/08 07/02/09
12/19/08 07/17/09





It is mandatory that out of state graduate students apply for Florida residency status. Residency must be applied for by the end of your first
year at UF. Guidelines can be found at: http://gradschool.rgp.ufl.edu/pdffiles/residency.pdf

Guidelines for the Reclassification of Non-Florida

Residents to Florida Residency Status: Janu
Policy: All non-resident U.S. citizens on an appointment shall
make a good faith effort to have their residency status changed
to in-state after being enrolled for 12 months. This requires the
student to take prescribed actions before the beginning of their
first semester of enrollment and to apply for in-state residency
status before the beginning of their second year. Currently
enrolled students who have not applied for Florida residency
status should do so immediately.

Background: The Legislature provides funding to State
universities to offset the cost of educating Florida students.
Tuition covers a portion of the cost of education and the
remainder comes from the State. Out-of-state residents receive
only modest support from the Legislature in the form of tuition
waiver authority.
Funding rates for Florida residents (in-state) are based on
full-time equivalency. Although FTEs for both in-state and out-
of-state students are calculated in Legislative funding models,
the budget provided by the State of Florida builds in an
expectation that every institution will collect the tuition
associated with its in-state and out-of-state enrollments. In
addition, each institution is granted some authority to waive
tuition and fees, thereby removing some of the obligation to
collect tuition.
For two reasons, it is critical to have all eligible non-
Florida U.S. citizen residents reclassified as in-state residents.
First, a significant tuition differential (between in-state and out-
of-state students) increases the amount of UF's expected
collections. These collections offset UF's general appropriation.
Second, non-Florida students receive a large portion of the
dollars associated with waivers granted by UF. Since UF spends
more money than it has waiver authority to commit, the out-of-
state waivers reduce the funds available to UF from collections.
The State of Florida permits out-of-state U.S. citizens or
permanent resident aliens who meet certain criteria to be
reclassified as in-state residents. International students are never
eligible for classification as in-state residents. Students enrolled
for the sole purpose of obtaining a degree, or who continue to be
financially dependent on their parents, are not eligible for

Florida Residency Information for Students
Information about becoming a Florida Resident is included
herein or online at http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/residency/
Before the beginning of your first semester and no later
than the end of the drop/add period, there are certain things that
you must do. Begin by consulting the official website above.
The "Request for Residency Change Form" is critical to the
process and lists a number of documents that you should have
before the first day of enrollment.
Numerous items are listed in the documentation section of
the form. It is necessary to prove from the preponderance of the
documentation that residency has been established. The
completed form is submitted to the Registrar's Office and they
make the final decision. Discussed below are items of
documentation that are likely to result in establishment of

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Florida residency status. However, graduate students who come
to the university and accept employment (or a fellowship) may
be considered independent of their parents. These students make
contributions to the citizens of the State and are eligible for
Florida residency status.
Requirements: Departments are responsible for ensuring that
all (new and currently enrolled) eligible out-of-state students on
appointments apply for a change of residency status. There are
legitimate reasons why a student may not be eligible to have
their residency status changed to Florida. However, the process
for reclassification must be explained to each student, and the
student's actions must be tracked by the department.
Departments that do not comply with these requirements may be
charged the difference between out-of-state and in-state tuition
for those students who do not meet the requirements in the
Letter of Offer.
Newly admitted students need to be instructed to begin the
process for applying for in-state residency status in the letter of
appointment (LOA). Recommended language is given below.
University policy requiring application for in-state residency and
detailed instructions about the application process should be
provided to each new student. This information should NOT be
included in the LOA to international students.
During the first year, each out-of-state graduate student on
an appointment is classified as a Florida resident for tuition
purposes (T). However the information submitted to the Board
of Governors for reporting to the State of Florida is the student's
true residency status (generally, F for Florida, or N for Non-
Florida). If all of the necessary paperwork has been completed
and the student's petition is supported by the Registrar's Office,
then during the second year the student may be reclassified as a
Florida resident.
The final authority for determining the residency status of
students is the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's Office must
comply with very specific State regulations in evaluating the
student's Residency Reclassification petition. The most recent
information can be found on their website at
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residency. Immediately below are various comments and
excerpts that indicate what legally constitutes a resident for
tuition purposes.
A Florida "resident for tuition purposes" is a person who
has, or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian has,
established and maintained legal residency in Florida for at least
12 months. Residence in Florida must be as a bonafide domicile
rather than for the purpose of maintaining a residence incident to
enrollment at an institution of higher education. To qualify as a
Florida resident for tuition purposes, you must be a U.S. citizen,
permanent resident alien, or legal alien granted indefinite stay by
the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Living in or attending school in Florida will not, in itself,
establish legal residence. Students who depend on out-of-state
parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the

same state as their parents. Graduate students who come to the
university and accept employment (or a fellowship) make
contributions to the citizens of the State and are eligible to apply
for Florida residency status.

Actions to be taken to obtain residency for tuition purposes:
* Obtain from the Alachua County Clerk of the Court a
"Declaration of Domicile" form. Complete the form and
return it to the Official Records Office, Room 101, Alachua
County Administrative Building, Main Street and University
Avenue. There is a $15.00 charge for filing the form and you
need a picture ID (check this website for current information
on fees: liiip '" c il.!-alachua-fl.org/clerk/Recfees.html).
This form must be filed as soon as possible after you arrive in
Gainesville and before the start of classes as it will be used to
document the start of the 12 month residency period. Be sure
to keep a copy of the declaration for filing with your "Request
for Change in Residency Status" form.
* Obtain a Florida Driver's License (original birth certificate
required along with secondary identification). If you do not
have a car, then obtain a Florida identification card. These can
be obtained from the Florida Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles Office
ii ip i ii v.state.fl.us/ddl/faqkeys.html#USC).
* Register to vote at the Alachua County Supervisor of
Elections Office and obtain a Florida voter identification card.
(You may register in whatever Florida county is appropriate
for your residence.) (http://elections.alachua.fl.us/).
* Maintain a copy of your offer letter to use as proof of
employment for the 12 month period.
* If you own a vehicle, then register it in the State of Florida, by

going to the Alachua County Tax Collector's Office.
S."lip ., i iL i1 -i]/ ) If you reside in another Florida
county you may register your vehicle at the Tax Collector's
Office there.
* Open a local bank account, as this provides additional
documentation that you are a permanent resident.
* If you file your own Federal income tax return as an
independent person, you need to provide a copy of the latest
return you filed as documentation when you file the "Request
for Change in Residency Status" form with the Registrar's
* If your parents or guardians claimed you as a dependent on
their most recent return but are not going to claim you as a
dependent on future returns, then they need to provide you
with a notarized statement stating this.
* Complete a University of Florida "Request for Change in
Residency Status" form after you have been in Florida
approximately 10 months but before tuition and fees are due
in the first semester in which you have been a resident of
Florida for 12 months. This form along with appropriate
documentation is filed with the University of Florida
Registrar's Office, 201 Criser Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611-
4000, telephone (352) 392-1374 ext. 7237. The form is
available at
1hiiyp ...hI l ,ii .!1 cI..lI,/pdf/residencyreclass.pdf.
* If you have complied with the above, it is likely, but not
guaranteed, that the Registrar's Office will change your
residency status to "resident." Becoming a Florida resident
reduces the amount of tuition waivers charged to the
University, College, and Department. These cost savings are
rolled back into support for the entire graduate enterprise.


CLAS Travel Form
If the Department of Religion or the College has offered to pay any part of your travel, then you must remember the following:

Travel Authorizations
* Are required for travel to conventions, conferences,
workshops, seminars and all foreign travel.
* Must be filed before you leave on your trip.
* Agree with your Supervisor/Chair on which expenses you will
be expected to cover and which expenses will be paid by the
* Always have commitment in writing (and copy the office
manger on the email).
* Let the Office Manager what the source of funding will be
(CLAS travel, a grant, dept, etc.).
* The Office Manager will process the Travel Authorization on
your behalf.
* If you are traveling and the Office Manager has not been

Travel Expense Reports
Travel Expense Reports should be filed immediately after return
from trip.
Save receipts / invoices for everything (ORIGINALS, please).
Copies of bank statements, or reservations emails are NOT
Include a copy of the program of the conference you attend and
especially if you will be presenting any work.

informed (or not been able to process a Travel Authorization),
then please send an email with information about your trip.
SInformation required for Travel Authorization:
Purpose of trip (be specific; example: research on the
subject of ; present a paper on ).
Exact dates of travel, final destination, estimate costs.
If you already have airline reservation, provide exact $
If the Department has agree to pay a certain amount, please
indicate so.
If going to a convention / workshop / meeting, attach copy
of the program.

You must submit a copy of your e-ticket or document with
actual ticket number (not just the quote).
Your Supervisor and/or Department will determine what
expenses will be reimbursed on your travel.
You must sign the Travel Expense Report for it to be submitted
to Travel Office.


Specific and current requirements for each these three fields of
study are found online under "Graduate Program" at
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Master of Arts
The M.A. degree provides a broad background in the study of
religious traditions, theoretical orientations in the discipline, and
an initial concentration in one of the three fields of
specialization. Course work culminates in a thesis and an oral
examination on the thesis and course work.
Total credits: Thirty credit hours are required. These
include Method and Theory I and II, the core courses) of the
major field (or equivalent for those not in one of the three
fields), and six hours of thesis research credits. The additional
hours shall consist of further courses in the area of
specialization, other graduate seminars, and up to six hours of
research language study.
Language study: All M.A. students are encouraged to
demonstrate competence in a scholarly language other than
English relevant to their area of research and teaching prior to
beginning the thesis. The chosen language and how the student's
competence will be judged must be approved by the student's
supervisory committee chair. Frequently language competence
is met through (1) taking an appropriate course or courses in the
language with a grade of B or better or (2) passing a language
comprehension exam (usually administered by a department
member or a language department at the University). Basic
course work for scholarly languages will not count toward the
required 30 credit hours. However, students studying a scholarly
language connected to their research needs (e.g., Sanskrit),

above and beyond basic competence, can receive six or more
credit hours for such advanced courses toward the required 30
total credit hours with approval of the student's supervisory
committee chair.
Thesis: Each student, guided by a supervisory committee,
will prepare a Master of Arts thesis, acceptable to the
Department of Religion and the Graduate School, and undergo
an oral examination. Every thesis should have a thesis statement,
which tells the reader what the writer has investigated. It gives
the writer's point of view and indicates what focus the paper
will take. The thesis must have a common introduction and
review of literature. There must also be a final chapter
summarizing the overall results, conclusions, and
recommendations for further research. In addition, the thesis
must have a table of contents covering the entire body, an
abstract of the complete study immediately preceding page 1 of
the main text, a list of references at the end of the text, and all
pages numbered in sequence--from page 1 through the
biographical sketch. The student is expected to present the
completed dissertation and defend it at a public oral defense
conducted by all members of the supervisory committee. Each
member must certify on the signature page that he or she has
read the final version of the manuscript and found it acceptable
in scope and quality.
Promotion to doctoral status: The Department anticipates
admitting only the best qualified M.A. students to the doctoral
program. Resident graduate students who wish to apply for
doctoral status (i.e., permission to fulfill requirements leading to
doctoral qualifying examinations) must apply during the
semester before they wish that status to be changed. A review

and decision will be made by the field faculty and the graduate
MA in Religion Thesis Vs Non-Thesis Requirements
Coursework Thesis Non-Thesis
Method & Theory REL 6035: 3 Credits Same
Core Courses REL 6036: 3 Credits
Core course work 9-12 Credits in Same
Chosen Field
Language Intermediate Level Same
Requirement (does not Proficiency
count for credit hours
required unless is beyond
intermediate level)
Elective Religion 9+ Credit Hours 15+ Credit
Credit Hours Hours
Subtotal CLAS Thesis Research Written & Oral
Electives 6 Credits Examinations
Total Credit Hours 30 + Language 30 + Language
Requirement Requirement

Doctor of Philosophy
The Ph.D. program trains future scholars to conduct original
research and teach in colleges, universities, and other
educational, governmental, and nongovernmental institutions. A
student usually enters with a religion master's degree either
from this or another institution. All students are admitted into
one of the three specialty fields and must fulfill the requirements
of that field, as outlined in the field descriptions. In addition,
students in all fields are encouraged to take courses in other
departments to support work in their field of specialization.
Course requirements: The University of Florida requires
90 hours of course work for the Ph.D. A minimum of 45 hours is
devoted to course work at the doctoral level. The specific
distribution of course work depends on the specialization but
will include intensive work in the major area of specialization, 6
hours of method and theory (If not taken at the M.A. level) and
15 hours devoted to dissertation writing and research.
Teaching: The department does its best to secure teaching
experience for its doctoral students and views such experience

as integral to the professional education it offers. The
department also encourages doctoral students to give lectures in
appropriate undergraduate courses taught by members of the
faculty. Doctoral candidates may be able to offer their own
courses after completing their qualifying examinations.
Language requirements: All doctoral students must
demonstrate proficiency in at least one and in many cases two
languages other than English. The chosen languages) as well as
how and when the student's competence will be judged must be
approved by the student's supervisory committee chair.
Frequently language competence is met through
1. taking an appropriate course or courses in the language
with a grade of "B" or better or
2. passing a language comprehension exam (usually
administered by a department member or a language
department at the University).
Basic course work for scholarly languages will not count toward
the required 90 credit hours. However, students studying a
scholarly language connected to their research needs, above and
beyond basic competence, can receive six (or more) credit hours
for such advanced courses toward the required 90 total credit
hours with approval of the student's supervisory committee
Qualifying examinations: Qualifying examinations form a
bridge between course work and dissertation research. Normally
students will take qualifying examinations during their third year
in residence. Comprehensive reading lists for the three tracks
can be found at: http://web.religion.ufl.edu/graduate.html. The
entire supervisory committee must attend the oral portion of the
examination. The supervisory committee has the responsibility
at this time of deciding whether the student is qualified to
continue work toward the Ph.D. degree. The results of the
qualifying examination, successful or unsuccessful, must be
filed with the Graduate School. If the student fails the qualifying
examination, a reexamination may be requested, but it must be
recommended by the supervisory committee and approved by
the Graduate School. At least one semester of additional
preparation is considered essential before reexamination.


Religion and Nature
1) Religion and Nature in Religious Studies and the Social and
Natural Sciences 2) Religion and Nature in Ethics and
Philosophy 3) A region, discipline or tradition-based exam,
which could be, for example, Religion and Nature in the
Western or Eastern Hemisphere, or Religion and Nature in
North (or Latin) America; Religion and Nature in Islam,
Indigenous Religions etc. The bibliography for this exam will be
determined by committee in consultation with area faculty. 4)
An exam in the student's secondary area, i.e., one of the

Religion In The Americas
1) North American history, culture and religion; 2) Latin
American culture, history and religion; 3) Religion in the

Religions Of Asia
1) Religion in South Asia (with the understanding that a
significant component of the preparation for the exam will
include a basic grounding in Islam in Asia); 2) Religion in East
Asia (in addition to Buddhist traditions, familiarity with other


Each doctoral candidate submits a formal dissertation proposal
to the chair of the supervisory committee the semester following
the qualifying examinations.
The proposal should define, in a clear, focused, and well
thought-out manner, the goals of your dissertation research as
well as your methodological and theoretical approaches. The
proposal should show to your committee and the Graduate
Committee that you have a firm grasp of your topic, its potential
contributions to the study of religion, and the disciplinary
contexts in which it will be situated. The proposal should be a
concise and accessible document, using language that all
scholars of religion-not just those in your subfield or
specialty-will understand.
The proposal should be limited to 15-20 double-spaced,
typed pages, not including your bibliography and appendices.
Keep in mind that the proposal is meant as a description and
justification of a dissertation project and not an account or status
report of research already completed.
The sections described below should help you focus your
topic, limit the scope of your inquiry, and justify the importance
of your study. Your bibliography will illustrate the depth of your
preliminary research and your expertise within the context of
your topic.
Though deviations from these guidelines can be made in
consultation with one's dissertation chair, please adhere to the
following expectations:

Abstract (200 words, maximum)
The dissertation abstract states your thesis topic, provides a
concise summary of that topic, and describes the significance of
your treatment of an important scholarly question about religion,
religious experience, and the understanding of religious behavior
and thought. It should articulate clearly and concisely, without
the use of jargon or specialized vocabulary, the problems) or
issues) on which your dissertation will focus.

standard exams in either Religions of Asia or Religion in the
Americas. 5) Oral examination. Most students will take the
above four exams. Alternatives may be approved by the mutual
agreement of the committee and student. A student taking a
global, comparative approach, for example, may propose taking
for the fourth exam, a second region, discipline or tradition-
based exam, such as both religion and nature in Eastern
hemisphere and religion and nature in the Western hemisphere.

Americas; 4) a fourth exam in the student's area of
specialization; and 5) oral examination.

religious traditions of China and Japan will be expected); 3)
Topics in the study of Asian religions (to be determined in
consultation with members of the student's supervisory
committee); 4) Area of Specialization; and 5) Oral examination.

Proposal (5,000 words, maximum)
The proposal should explain the proposed dissertation at greater
length than the abstract and should consist of the following
Statement of the Problem: Concisely state the question,
issue, or problem that your dissertation will engage. Do not
repeat your abstract here; rather, use this section to explain your
thesis and the argument that you propose to analyze and
demonstrate in your dissertation. In your articulation of the
dissertation's main topic, you should both describe the context
out of which it arises and define the boundaries and limits of
your research.
Significance of the Study: Describe in explicit terms the
contributions) your dissertation will make to the advancement
of knowledge in religious studies generally and your subfield in
particular. Describe the context out of which your dissertation
topic arises by providing a review of the literature that is
important for your research and the ways in which your
dissertation will add to and differ from that literature. More than
just implying the significance of your study, state explicitly why
your research matters in terms of your specialty and the wider
investigation of religion, religious experience, and the
understanding of religious behavior and thought.
Methodology: Explain the methods by which you will
demonstrate the argument which you have proposed, described,
and justified in the previous sections. This section allows you to
show your facility with the theoretical and practical models you
will utilize as part of your dissertation research. You should
make it clear that you know both how you will construct your
argument and that you are able to do so with the data collected
in your research. Defend your choice of methods) for your
particular study and explain why those methods) fit your
dissertation goals. Make sure to include the way(s) in which you
will construct your argument using the methods) and theory
(theories) you describe.
Chapter Outline: Present a description of how the
dissertation will be structured, including an outline (in narrative

or schematic form) of the proposed chapters.
Timeline: Detail your progress to date and your schedule
for the research and writing of your dissertation. This section
should be no longer than 500 words.

Selected Bibliography
As an indication of how thorough an investigator has researched
his/her field, the bibliography shows the researcher's command
of the context and history of a particular topic. Your
bibliography should also show the relationship of your topic to
the study of religion and other fields of inquiry related to your
topic. Make sure that it indicates the major theoretical and
critical works that bear on your dissertation. For your proposal,
include only the works that most clearly demonstrate your
preparation to carry out the work you propose.

If applicable, submit any of the supporting materials that make
up your proposal, e.g., questionnaires, research apparatus,
Institutional Review Board approval, etc.

Format Requirements
* Margins: 1 inch all around;
* Page numbering: all pages must have Arabic numbers (1,2,3)
at bottom center;
* Tables and figures belong at the end of the appropriate
chapter. Do not insert them in the text;
* Spacing: Double-space paragraph text. Single-space headings,
tables, figures, equations, and items in a list. Only 1 space
between items in a list. Only 1 space after a heading or


Admission to candidacy is awarded to the doctoral student upon overall fitness for candidacy, and (4) an approved dissertation
successful completion of the qualifying examinations and of the topic. Once approved for candidacy, the secretary of the
dissertation prospectus, and all other course and language Department makes a formal application to the Department and
requirements, and with the approval of the supervisory Graduate School for admission to Ph.D. candidacy through
committee, the department chair, the college dean, and the Dean GIMS (Graduate Information Management System, the UF
of the Graduate School. The approval is based on (1) written and Graduate School's information bank website for keeping,
oral qualifying examinations, (2) the academic records of the looking up and updating graduate student and faculty records
student, (3) the opinion of the supervisory committee concerning online).


The final years of the program are devoted to dissertation dissertation must have a common table of contents covering the
research and writing. A dissertation includes a statement of entire body, an abstract of the complete study immediately
purpose, a review of pertinent literature, a presentation of preceding page 1 of the main text, a common list of references at
methods and results obtained, and a critical interpretation of the end of the text, and all page numbers in sequence--from page
conclusions in relation to the findings of others. It involves a 1 through the biographical sketch. The student is expected to
defense of objectives, design, and analytical procedures. The present the completed dissertation and defend it at a public oral
document must contain elements unifying the entire body of defense conducted by all members of the supervisory
work. It must have a single topic although each chapter may be committee. Each member must certify on the signature page that
complete within itself in that it treats one aspect of the overall he or she has read the final version of the manuscript and found
topic. The dissertation must have a common introduction and it acceptable in scope and quality. At the time of the defense, all
review of literature. There must also be a final chapter committee members sign the dissertation, and the attending
summarizing the overall results, conclusions, and faculty signs the Final Examination Report. This examination
recommendations for further research. In addition, the must be given within six months of the date of graduation.


Graduate students in religion ordinarily take courses of different
kinds and for different purposes. One possible aim is to develop
familiarity with leading traditions of research and analysis in
religious studies. Another is to prepare for Ph.D. examinations.
A third is to pursue specific interests relevant to the student's
scholarly development, especially in relation to the thesis or
dissertation. Students are expected to consult their supervisory
committee chair and the department's graduate coordinator in
designing a course of study that satisfies these aims in the
limited time available.
Every year a departmental seminar (Method and Theory I
or II in alternate years) is offered on a topic of general interest in
religious studies. This course is required of all first and second
year graduate students. Its purpose is to help students develop
awareness of various approaches to the study of religion, the

history of these approaches, and their assumptions about
understanding and explaining religious texts and behavior.
Specialized instruction within the field of concentration is
carried on primarily in core and other related courses (as
detailed in the field descriptions). The department also offers
graduate seminars in related areas outside the specific fields of
concentration. In addition, students regularly participate in
individual or small reading courses with a member of the
faculty, the form and content of which courses are tailored to the
student's particular needs and interests.
Almost all graduate students in religion take courses
outside the department. Most enroll in graduate seminars and
reading courses in such departments and centers as
Anthropology, Asian Studies, Botany, English, History, Jewish
Studies, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science,

Sociology, Women's Studies and Gender Research, Zoology,
and from the interdisciplinary School of Natural Resources and
the Environment.
While specific degree requirements and interests shape a

Religion and Nature
Required Courses
REL 6107 Religion and Nature (Core Seminar)
REL 6183 Religion and Environmental Ethics (Core Seminar)
(Students without undergraduate degrees, or graduate
coursework or degrees in the natural sciences, will be expected
to take at least one course grounded in the natural sciences, as
approved by their graduate committee.)

One course (minimum) from the following list of courses
exploring Religion and Nature in the Western World:
Religion and Nature in North America
Religion and Nature in Latin America
Judaism and Nature
Christianity and Nature
Islam and Nature
Radical Environmentalism.

One course (minimum) from the following list of courses
exploring Religion and Nature in Asia:
Religion and Nature in Asia
Hinduism and Nature*
Buddhism and Nature.*

Elective Courses
Religion and Animals
Globalizing the Sacred
Ethics, Utopias, and Dystopias
Human/Nature Relations and Indigenous Cosmologies

Religion in the Americas
Required Courses
Religion in the Americas
Religion in Latin America
Religion in North America.

Elective Courses
Religion and Politics in the Americas; Hindu Traditions in
America; Islam in America; Native Religions in the Americas

Religions of Asia
Required Courses
Interpreting Asian Religions, and two of the following three, to
be taken in the areas outside the area of the student's
specialization: Islam in Asia, Hindu Traditions, and Buddhist

candidate's program, most students generally enroll in three
courses, including both seminars and reading courses, during
each of the semesters prior to the M.A. thesis or Ph.D.
qualifying examinations.

Doing Fieldwork in Religious Studies

*Note: the above requirements may be modified by petitioning
religion and nature faculty and by a majority vote approving the
requested modification.

The University of Florida has a rich array of environment-
related courses that take seriously the religious dimensions of
culture-nature interactions. These include concentrations in
"Ecological Anthropology," the "History of Science," and
"Tropical Conservation and Development." Graduate students
may wish to develop an expertise in one or more of these areas,
or to develop their own concentrations (for example, in ecology
or conservation biology, or in environmental philosophy,
sociology, or political science, or in qualitative and/or
quantitative research methods), to complement the religion and
nature courses offered by the religion department.

Electives offered by other programs at the University of Florida
can be found at the Department of Religion's website:

Language Requirement
Tested competence in at least one and in many cases two non-
English languages selected in consultation with the faculty
supervisory committee on the basis of their relevance to the
student's research program.

Language Requirement
Tested competence in at least one and in many cases two non-
English languages selected in consultation with the faculty
supervisory committee on the basis of their relevance to the
student's research program.

Language Requirement
Tested competence in at least one and in many cases two non-
English languages selected in consultation with the faculty
supervisory committee on the basis of their relevance to the
student's research program.


Students may register for courses and check course schedules,
fee assessments, and grades using the online Integrated Student
Information System (ISIS) directly at www.isis.ufl.edu or
through my.ufl.edu, or the secretary may register them for the
Procedures for registration are outlined in the Schedule of
Courses publication, online at www.Registrar.ufl.edu or on ISIS
at www.isis.ufl.edu.
All international graduate students whose first language is
not English (official first language of home country) and who
may be appointed as teaching assistants (with lecturing/lab
responsibilities) need to have a passing score (45 or higher) on
either a TSE (Test of Spoken English -- administered by ETS) or
a SPEAK test (administered on the UF campus.) In addition, any
international graduate teaching assistant whose first language is
not English who scores a 45 or 50 on a SPEAK or TSE test and
who is appointed to teach (with lecturing/lab responsibilities)
must enroll, during their first semester teaching, in a 3-credit
EAP 5836 course. International graduate students appointed as

Registration Requirements
Review the Graduate Catalog
(http://gradschool.rgp.ufl.edu/students/catalog.html) or the
Graduate School FAQ website
for complete registration requirements.
If enrolled, graduate students who are not teaching
assistants must register for a minimum of three credits in Fall or
Spring and two credits in Summer. Students on a fellowship,
traineeship, or assistantship must be registered appropriately for
their appointments. Any graduate student who is using
University facilities (e.g., libraries, laboratories, etc.) and/or
faculty time must register for an appropriate load.
During the terms of the qualifying examination, of the final
examination, and the final term in which the degree is awarded,
the student must be registered for credits that count toward the
graduate degree. In the latter of the two terms cited, thesis

TA-G (grading and office hour responsibilities only) are neither
required to pass a SPEAK test nor eligible to enroll in EAP

SPEAK test dates, times and locations for the Fall 2007
semester are as follows:

05 August 2008, 6:00 pm, 1317 Turlington Hall
20 August 2008, 4:00 pm, 1317 Turlington Hall*
16 September 2008, 6:00 pm, 1317 Turlington Hall
22 October 2008, 6:00 pm, 1317 Turlington Hall
18 November 2008, 6:00 pm, 1317 Turlington Hall
03 December 2008, 6:00 p.m., 1317 Turlington Hall

Information about SPEAK test registration as well as our
oral communications in English courses can be accessed through
our program website (http://ase.ufl.edu) or by telephone (392-
3286). Please note that course time information about our ASE
courses is available in ISIS listed under Linguistics.

students must be registered for 6971 (3 credits in fall/spring and
2 in summer). For non-thesis students, the requirements are the
same number of credits; however, registration cannot be 6971
but rather something that will count for his/her degree. The
requirement for doctoral student's final term registration is Rel
7980 (3 credits in fall/spring or 2 credits in summer). Before
being admitted to candidacy, Ph.D. students take Rel 7979 the
semesters they are studying for qualifying exams, and after
passing oral exams and being admitted to candidacy, Ph.D.
students take REL 7980.
Graduate students may drop a course during the current
term until the day before commencement, as stated in the
Academic Calendar. Students not on appointment must maintain
minimum registration when enrolled. Students on appointment
must always maintain appropriate registration unless otherwise
approved by the Graduate School.

Teaching Assistants Registration Requirements:
Required Full-Time Registration
Fall and Spring A, B, C
Full-time Graduate Students Not on Appointments 9-12 4, 4, 8
Assistants on .01-.24 FTE and/or Fellows Receiving $3150 or More Per Semester, and Trainees 12 4,4, 8*
Assistants on .25-.74 FTE 9 3,3, 6
Assistants on .75-.99 FTE 6 2,2, 4
Full-Time Assistants:
1.00 Fall & Spring 3
1.00 Summer A 2 or 2
1.00 Summer B 2 or 2
1.00 Summer C 1 & 1 or 2
*Summer Fellows can take any combination of credits (totaling 8) in A and B, A and C, B and C, or C. They cannot take all of their credits
in A only or B only.

Any graduate student may be denied further registration in the University or in a graduate program should scholastic performance or
progress toward completion of the planned program become unsatisfactory to the department, college, or Dean of the Graduate School.
Unsatisfactory progress includes, but is not limited to, failure to maintain an overall B (3.00) in all work.


Undergraduate courses (1000-2999) may not be used as any part
of the graduate degree requirements. Up to six credits of
undergraduate courses (3000-4999) outside the major may count
when taken as part of an approved graduate program.
Courses numbered 5000 and above are limited to graduate
students. Courses numbered 7000 and above are mainly for
advanced graduate students.
There is no limit on the number of times a student may
enroll for the following courses: Rel 5906's (independent study),
Rel 5937's (topics in religious study), Rel 6971 (master's
research), Rel 7979's (advanced research), or Rel 7980's
(doctoral research). However, no more than five credits each of
Rel 6910 (supervised research) and of Rel 6940 (supervised
teaching) may be taken by a graduate student at the University
of Florida.
Graduate students may only repeat courses in which they
earned failing grades (D or E). Repeating courses refers only to
repetition of the same course where no significant change in
content has occurred. It does not include repetition of seminars,
individual study, or various topics courses. The grade points
from both the first and satisfactory attempts are included in the
computation of the grade point average. The student receives
credit only when the course is passed. Repeating a course for
credit may not be used to resolve an incomplete grade. If
enrollment is needed for completion, then auditing the course is
the appropriate registration.
The only passing grades for graduate students are A, B+, B,
C+, C, and S. C+ and C grades count toward a graduate degree
if an equal number of credits in courses numbered 5000 or

higher have been earned with grades of B+ and A, respectively.
Grade points are not designated for S and U grades; these grades
are not used in calculating the grade-point average. All letter-
graded courses taken as a graduate student, except 1000 and
2000 level courses are used in calculating the cumulative grade-
point average (GPA). Grades of I (incomplete) received during
the preceding term should be removed as soon as possible.
Grades of I carry no quality points, and become punitive after 1
No more than 30 semester credits of a master's degree from
another institution will be transferred to a doctoral program.
They must be graduate-level courses, and the student must have
received a B or better. The Department secretary fills out the
transfer of credit form. Graduate students must provide the
Department secretary with transcripts from the institution where
they received their Master's degree. The courses must have been
taken within 7 years, or a letter is needed petitioning the
transfer. The letter needs to cite the relevance of the coursework,
if the coursework has changed over the years, and what the
student has been doing since taking the coursework.
Post-baccalaureate students or non-degree seeking students
may transfer 15 credits of graduate level courses with a B or
better towards their M.A. degree. The secretary fills out the
transfer of credit form.
All work counted towards the master's degree must be
completed during the seven years immediately preceding the
date on which the degree is awarded. For the Ph.D., all work
must be completed within five calendar years after the
qualifying examination or that examination must be repeated.


All students are assigned a faculty mentor upon admission to the
program, based on expressions of faculty interest and the student's
intended area of concentration. The mentor and graduate
coordinator answer questions and provide support for the student in
choosing courses and planning a program. By the end of the second
semester all master degree students must designate their supervisory
committee chair and one additional department committee member.
By the end of the second semester all doctoral students must
designate their committee chair. By no later than the end of the
fourth semester of study, all doctoral students must designate a four-
member supervisory committee including the chairperson and one
member from outside the department.
The general duties of all supervisory committees include
informing the student of all regulations governing the degree sought,
checking the qualifications of the student, and planning and
approving a program of study. No changes in a supervisory
committee may be made during a student's graduating term without
a letter from the committee chair to the Graduate Student Records
Office, justifying the change. Any change must be completed prior
to the final examination and before the midpoint deadline of the
Although it is the duty of the supervisory committee to inform
the student of all regulations governing the degree sought, this does
not absolve the student from the responsibility of being informed
concerning these regulations.
In addition to the general responsibilities, the supervisory
committee for a thesis program must approve a thesis topic and the
plans for carrying out the research. The committee must meet when

the thesis is at least 50 percent completed to review procedures,
progress, and expected results, and to make suggestions for the
completion of the study. Only the supervisory committee members
may sign the signature pages for the thesis. Unanimous approval is
The supervisory committee for a dissertation must meet to
discuss and approve the proposed dissertation topic and the plans for
carrying out the research. The supervisory committee conducts the
written qualifying examination or, in those cases where the written
examination is administered by the department, takes part in it. The
committee recommends the student's admission to candidacy for the
degree. The committee chair must oversee and supervise the
student's research. To protect both the student's and the University's
interests in this important task, the chair is required to give the
student a yearly letter of evaluation (see following section for
contents of Letter of Evaluation) in addition to the S/U grades
awarded for the research courses 7979 and 7980. A copy of the
letter of evaluation must be placed in the student's confidential
departmental file. The supervisory committee should meet again
when at least 50 percent of the work on the dissertation has been
completed to review procedures, progress, and expected results and
to make suggestions for completion. When the dissertation is
completed, the supervisory committee conducts the final
examination, which may be oral or written or both, to satisfy itself
that the dissertation is a piece of original research and a contribution
to knowledge. If the examination is satisfactory, all members of the
supervisory committee sign the dissertation, and all faculty
attending the oral exam sign the Final Examination Report.

Committee Rules
Ph.D. supervisory committees must have at least four members,
all of whom are graduate faculty or special appointments to the
graduate faculty.
The chair and one other member on the committee must be
on the graduate faculty of the academic unit offering the major
and conferring the degree.
The external member on the committee must be from the
graduate faculty of an academic unit outside of the one offering
the major and conferring the degree. His or her function is to
serve as an advocate for the student and monitor compliance
with graduate school standards and policy, rather than contribute
to the research.
The remaining fourth member, or additional members, may
be from the graduate faculty inside or outside the academic unit
offering the major and conferring the degree, or a special
appointment appointed by means of this form online...
appointment.pdf The secretary of the department fills out the
above Special Appointment Form with all information for the
student and the special appointment, as well as a brief
explanation of what the member will contribute to the
supervisory committee. A curriculum vitae must be attached to
the form if this is the member's first special appointment.
If a minor is chosen, the supervisory committee will
include at least one person from outside the discipline of the
major for the purpose of representing the student's minor. In the
event that the student elects more than one minor, each minor
area must be represented on the supervisory committee.

Once the qualifying examination or final defense has been
scheduled, and with the approval of all members of the

supervisory committee, one committee member except for
the chair or external member may be off-site at a qualifying
oral examination or at the final oral defense of the dissertation or
thesis, using modem communication technology to be present,
rather than being physically present. If a supervisory
committee member cannot be present at the student's final
defense, a graduate faculty member in the same academic area
may substitute for the absent committee member. No
substitutions may be made for the committee chair or the
external member of the committee. Changes to the supervisory
committee may be entered online prior to the qualifying
examination. The substitute should sign the Final Examination
form on the left side, in the space provided for committee
members, noting the name of the absent member. In addition,
the student's major department chair must indicate on the form
(or by accompanying correspondence) the reason for the missing
member's absence and that the missing original committee
member has agreed to this substitution at the final examination.
The substitute committee member should not sign the signature
page of the thesis or dissertation. The original committee
member must sign. This would be an exception to the rule that
the signature page and the Final Examination form are signed
simultaneously at the conclusion of the defense.

M.A. degree supervisory committees must have a
supervisory committee chair and one additional department
committee member.

For a nonthesis master's degree, the supervisory committee
consists of one advisor from the major department.



Each year students are evaluated to determine whether they are
making satisfactory progress towards their degree. The
evaluation is completed each spring by the chair of the
supervisory committee in consultation with the supervisory
committee (if formed) and after speaking with the student about
her/his accomplishments and future plans. The supervisory
committee chair writes a letter to the graduate coordinator
stating whether the student is making satisfactory progress in
these areas:
I Course work: including maintaining a 3.0 GPA; limiting the
number of incomplete grades to only 1; taking an adequate
number of courses.
IL Supervisory committee composition and meetings: M.A.
students by the end of the first year and PhD students by the
end of the second year are expected to create a supervisory
committee, and to arrange meetings with that committee at
least once each year.
III Progress toward the degree: making progress towards
defining their research interests and funding opportunities;
fulfilling degree requirements (including language acquisition
as negotiated with the supervisory committee), completing
qualifying exams, undertaking field research and specialized
training, etc.
IV. Professional development: Students are expected to
develop papers for presentation at national and international
meetings as well as seek to publish their work during their
graduate career.

If a lack of progress is indicated on the evaluation, the
supervisory committee chair, in consultation with the
supervisory committee, graduate coordinator, and the student,
should indicate what actions must be taken by the students and
the deadline for completing those actions (e.g., within one
semester) to avoid sanctions. Failure to meet criteria for
satisfactory progress may result in suspension of fellowship and
assistantship support as specified by the Graduate School, and
dismissal from the graduate program.
Failure to form and maintain a supervisory committee
under the guidelines stated in the Graduate Catalog and in the
time frame indicated above shall be considered unsatisfactory
progress and enrollment in the program will normally be
terminated by the chair of the department, in consultation with
the chair of the supervisory committee and the graduate
Retention of Financial Awards: The retention of
fellowships and assistantships is predicated on satisfactory
academic progress as well as satisfactory performance of
assigned tasks. If academic progress is not being made or
assigned tasks are not being carried out in a satisfactory manner,
the department can and will withdraw an award. Students who
earn less than a 3.0 GPA in two consecutive semesters may be
terminated from the department's programs.
Evaluation of Assistantships: One unsatisfactory
evaluation will precipitate a stem warning from the graduate
coordinator, a supervisory chair, or another designated faculty

member. Two unsatisfactory evaluations may result in
termination of departmental funding, as determined by the
department chair in consultation with the graduate coordinator.
Unsatisfactory Progress: The Department will dismiss
from the program students not making satisfactory progress
toward a degree. The grounds for dismissal include the
1. Failure to establish a supervisory committee with the numbers
of faculty members and within the time frames specified
2. Failure to have a program of study approved by the
supervisory committee and/or its chairperson.
3. A graduate GPA of less than 3.0 for more than one semester.
4. Failure in two qualifying exams, or a second failure in a
single, previously-failed qualifying exam area.
5. A determination by a majority vote of the supervisory
committee that satisfactory progress has not been made in
course work, language acquisition, or toward the successful
completion of qualifying exams or dissertation. (Students may
not re-constitute an established supervisory committee to
avoid a negative vote. If a vote is taken but a majority does
not vote to dismiss the student from the program, the
committee as a whole, or members of it, may advise the
student to reconfigure the committee or to consider a
voluntary withdrawal from the program.)

6. A judgment by the supervisory committee meeting in the final
examination that the dissertation is unacceptable.
7. The passage of five years from the date of admission to
candidacy without the submission of an acceptable
dissertation. (See Graduate School Catalog.)
The chair of the department and/or the graduate coordinator
shall inform students in writing when a determination of
unsatisfactory progress and a corresponding termination
decision has been reached.
Rules on Grades and Dismissal: Grades below "B" in
either the M.A. or the Ph.D. program indicate a failure to master
material at an acceptable level. One grade less than "B" will
precipitate a warning from the graduate coordinator, a
supervisory chair, or another designated faculty member. Two
grades less than "B" (either in the same semester or in different
semesters) constitute evidence of unsatisfactory progress, and a
meeting with the supervisory committee to consider dismissal
from the program is in order.
The Graduate School permits students to carry incomplete
into one new semester. If incomplete are not made up during
the next semester in residence, they will turn into failing grades.
A student carrying two or more incomplete at the beginning of
the fall semester will, in most cases, lose an assistantship for that
semester and remain ineligible for an assistantship until the
incomplete are removed.


University regulations require that all research projects
involving human or animal subjects be reviewed even if the
research does not involve experimentation, if it is purely
observational, or if it appears totally harmless. In addition,
projects must be reviewed whether or not they are funded.

Graduate research that will involve collecting data using human
or animal subjects must be approved before the project begins
by one of three boards outside of the department.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews all research
involving humans. There are three IRB offices. IRB-01 is
responsible for reviewing research conducted at the Health
Science Center, Shands HealthCare, Inc., and the VA Hospital

and conducted by faculty or staff working at any of those
facilities-the telephone number is 846-1494. IRB-02 is
responsible for all other non-medical research involving human
subjects-the telephone number is 392-0433. IRB-03 is
responsible for the University Medical Center in Jacksonville.
The telephone number is (904) 244-5310. For further
information on these offices, contact the Assistant Director, IRB
Services, or see www.irb.ufl.edu. The site also contains forms.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
reviews all research involving animals. See
http://iacuc.ufl.edu/about.htm for guidelines, forms, and detailed


Degrees are awarded after each term in December, May, and
August. The semester before graduation, the candidate should
check his or her file with the department to make sure that all
incomplete or other unresolved grades are cleared, grade
changes have been recorded (Graduate students (Master's and
Ph.D.'s) must have a GPA at 3.0 or above to graduate), and the
supervisory committee form is accurate. The application for the
degree must be made online or at the Office of the University
Registrar, S222 Criser Hall, early in the semester of graduation
by the deadline published in the University Calendar.
Application for the degree assures that the student's name is on
the graduation list and includes the application for the diploma,
placement of the student's name in the commencement program,
and placement of the name on the list to receive information on
commencement procedures, including rental or purchase of
regalia. The application to graduate must be made each term a
student anticipates graduating. The application does not carry
over from a previous semester. Failure to apply for this degree

by the published deadline will preclude the student's graduation
in that term. Students must register for at least three credits (two
in summer) that count toward the degree during the semester of
graduation, unless all requirements-including the final
examination and submission of the corrected thesis or
dissertation-have been fulfilled before the first day of classes
(see *clearing prior). Thesis students must register for 6971 and
doctoral students for 7980. Candidates pursuing concurrent
degrees need to apply to the Office of the University Registrar
for both degrees. Satisfactory performance on the final
examination or defense and final submission of the corrected
thesis or dissertation must be completed by the deadline dates
shown in the University Calendar. Diplomas will not be
available until approximately six weeks after Commencement
and will be mailed to the graduates' permanent addresses.
Degrees are posted to the student's transcript approximately four
days after graduation.
A final comprehensive examination-oral, written, or

both-must be passed by the candidate. This examination must
cover at least the candidate's field of concentration and in no
case may be scheduled earlier than the term proceeding the
semester in which the degree is to be conferred. The oral portion
of the examination must be attended by the entire supervisory

*Clearing Prior
Students exempt from final term registration must meet all of the
following conditions by the last business day before classes
1. Register correctly during the term before graduation (3 credits
if fall or spring, 2 credits if summer).
2. Complete all degree requirements. Includes giving the final
examination report to the Graduate Editorial Office (224B
Hub); and final submission of the thesis, dissertation, or
3. Submit the final examination form (to Graduate Student
Records, 106 Grinter, for non-thesis degrees.
4. Clear all incomplete or other unresolved grades.
5. Apply on-line for a degree (Registrar's office) for the
upcoming term.
6. Non-thesis degrees: give the final examination form to
Graduate Student Records, 106 Grinter.
7. Thesis and dissertation degrees: read the on-line Editorial

The written comprehensive examination for the non-thesis
master's degree may be taken at a remote site. All other
examinations must be held on campus with all participants. For
specific examination requirements, see the individual degree
listings in the Graduate Catalog.

Office Checklist for Doctoral Dissertations or Checklist for
Master's Theses. Meet all the deadlines to:
Schedule the defense
Successfully defend the thesis or dissertation
Submit the Final Examination form to Graduate Editorial
at least 2 weeks before the last business day before
classes start next term
Achieve Editorial First Submission at least 2 weeks
before the last business day before classes start next term
Achieve Editorial Final Clearance before 5:00 of the last
business day before classes begin for the next term
Although a student may have fulfilled academic requirements,
the degree is not awarded until the Graduate School certifies the
degree to the University Registrar. That is done at the end of
Fall, Spring, and Summer C terms for all students who applied
to graduate.


Prior to the beginning the thesis or dissertation, the students
should attend an Electronic thesis and Dissertation Lab (ETD
Lab) presentation, or review the material on the website at
http://etd.circa.ufl.edu/index.html. The Graduate School
Editorial Office, 224B The Hub, helps candidates prepare the
manuscript. The editors answer questions on correct grammar,
sentence structure, and acceptable format. They will also
examine a limited portion of the final draft and make
recommendations concerning the form of the manuscript before
final submission.

Checklist for master's theses can be found at:

Preparing Your Thesis
Deadlines: http://gradschool.rgp.ufl.edu/current-files/current-
Graduate School format requirements:
_Formatting templates, courtesy of CIRCA's ETD Lab: learn
to use them properly http://etd.circa.ufl.edu
_Apply for your degreelp i i ip 11 1 1.. 11
Give your thesis to your supervisory committee to review, and
schedule your defense
Master's students must successfully defend before thesis first
submission (you may need a couple of weeks between your
defense and thesis first submission, to make changes
suggested by your committee, and to make sure that your
thesis is completely formatted)

Forms to be Signed at Your Defense
(Correct, fully signed forms must be received by the Editorial
Office before the deadline)
ETD Rights and Permission form: to print this, the student
must log into the EDM system
https://apps.rgp.ufl.edu/edm app/etd login.cfm

ETD Signature Page: ask your department's graduate
secretary to generate this from the GIMS database.
Supervisory committee signs (required for first submission).
College dean signs (except Business, CALS, or CLAS).
Graduate Dean does not sign.
Final exam form: your department's graduate secretary
creates this from the GIMS database. Supervisory committee
signs. Department chair signs. College dean signs (except
PHHP). If your committee wants revisions, your chair (or
designee) may hold your final exam form until satisfied. The
Editorial Office needs your final exam form before you can
achieve Final Clearance.

Thesis First Submission
(ETD Signature Page plus entire package must be received by
the Editorial Office before the deadline)
Expanding wallet, labeled (upper left) with your name,
degree, major, month and year of degree award, and UF ID
_Thesis on plain paper, completely formatted (print on only
one side of the paper). This should be loose; do not bind it or
clip it.
Journal article: a photocopy of an entire article from the
journal whose reference system you used in formatting all of
your references
Fee receipt for $12.80 library processing, payable in S113
Criser Hall (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm)
General Audience abstract: see sample pages,

Editorial Final Clearance
(Make any and all needed changes before creating your final
ETD. When you submit your ETD, you lose the right to make
any further changes. Allow plenty of days for the Editorial
Office to accept your ETD. The nearer the deadline, the longer it

1. Create your final ETD with pdf links (the ETD Lab can
2. Log into the EDM system
https://apps.rgp.ufl.edu/edm_app/etdlogin.cfm and upload
just the body of your academic abstract
3. Upload and submit your ETD. If your ETD is not accepted,
you will get an email (watch out). Then you would need to fix
any problems and repeat Steps 1 through 3.
4. Check your package status in the EDM system. The
Editorial Office changes your package status to "Final
Submission" when your ETD is accepted and to "Final
Clearance" after you meet all of their requirements. It is your
duty to confirm that you have achieved Final Clearance
before the deadline.

Checklist for doctoral dissertations can be found at:

Preparing Your Dissertation
Deadlines: http://gradschool.rgp.ufl.edu/current-files/current-
Graduate School format requirements:
Formatting templates, courtesy of CIRCA's ETD Lab: learn
to use them properly http://etd.circa.ufl.edu
_Apply for your degree llip h i i i 1 !c .. 11
Give your dissertation to your supervisory committee to
review, and schedule your defense. Be aware that you may
need several weeks (or more) after your defense to make
changes suggested by your committee, and to complete all
revisions to your dissertation.

Forms to be Signed at Your Defense
(Correct, fully signed forms must be received by the Editorial
Office before the deadline)
ETD Rights and Permission form: to print this, the student
must log into the EDM system
_ETD Signature Page: ask your department's graduate
secretary to generate this from the GIMS database.
Supervisory committee signs. College dean signs (except
Business, CALS, or CLAS). Graduate Dean does not sign.
Final exam form: your department's graduate secretary
creates this from the GIMS database. Supervisory committee
signs. Department chair signs. College dean signs (except
PHHP). If your committee wants revisions, your chair (or
designee) may hold your final exam form until satisfied. The
Editorial Office needs your final exam form before you can
achieve Final Clearance.

Dissertation First Submission
(entire package must be received by the Editorial Office before
the deadline)
Expanding wallet, labeled (upper left) with your name,
degree, major, month and year of degree award, defense date,
and UF ID number
Dissertation on plain paper, completely formatted (print on
only one side of the paper). This should be loose; do not bind
it or clip it.
Journal article: a photocopy of an entire article from the

journal whose reference system you used in formatting all of
your references
Transmittal letter from supervisory committee chair: "I have
read 's dissertation and it is ready for the Graduate
School to review."
Fee receipts for $67.80 dissertation processing, payable in
S113 Criser Hall (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm)
_General Audience abstract: see sample pages in
Doctoral Dissertation Agreement: print from
then complete by hand.
_Survey of Earned Doctorates: print from
then complete by hand.

Editorial Final Clearance
(Make any and all needed changes before creating your final
ETD. When you submit your ETD, you lose the right to make
any further changes. Allow plenty of days for the Editorial
Office to accept your ETD. The nearer the deadline, the longer it
1. Create your final ETD with pdf links (the ETD Lab can
2. Log into the EDM system
https://apps.rgp.ufl.edu/edm_app/etdlogin.cfm and upload
just the body of your academic abstract
_3. Upload and submit your ETD. If your ETD is not accepted,
you will get an email (watch out). Then you would need to fix
any problems and repeat Steps 1 through 3.
4. Check your package status in the EDM system. The
Editorial Office changes your package status to "Final
Submission" when your ETD is accepted and to "Final
Clearance" after you meet all of their requirements. It is your
duty to confirm that you have achieved Final Clearance
before the deadline.

Thesis and Dissertation Deadlines
A deadline is the last day to complete a task.

Classes start
Dissertation first submission
Thesis first submission
Final clearance

Classes start
Dissertation first submission
Thesis first submission
Final clearance

Classes start
Dissertation first submission
Thesis first submission
Final clearance

August _




Format Requirements
As of Summer 2006, the UF Graduate School Editorial
Office has new, simpler format requirements for theses and
dissertations, provided for you on this webpage.
If you started writing your thesis or dissertation before
Summer 2006, you may continue using the old format; the UF
ETD Lab will be happy to work with you on it. If you start
writing during Summer 2006 or later, please use the format
requirements and examples laid out below.

Make the top, bottom, left, and right margins of each page one
inch, for all pages.

Typeface, Alignment, and Indentation
Use 12-point Times New Roman for typeface. Left-align text
(ragged right). Use half-inch indentations.

Double-space paragraph text. Single-space headings, captions,
tables, figures, equations and items in a list. Put only one line of
space between headings or subheadings and text, or lists and

Page Numbering
Starting with the title page, number all pages with Arabic
numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.) centered at the bottom of each page.

Page Order
Put the pages of your document in this order:
Title page
Copyright page
Dedication (if any)
Acknowledgments (if any)
Table of contents
List of tables (if any)
List of figures (if any)
List of abbreviations (if any)
Academic abstract
Appendix (if any)
List of references
Biographical sketch

Use upper-case lettering for chapter headings or other major
division headings.

Use bold lettering for subheadings.
First-level subheadings are centered in "title case" (the first

letter of each main word is capitalized).
Second-level subheadings are aligned flush left in "title case."
Third-level subheadings are aligned flush left in "sentence case"
(only the first letter of the first word, and any names, are
Paragraph subheadings start at the standard paragraph
indentation (unless they are part of a bulleted list) in "sentence
case" and end with a period or colon. The next line of the
paragraph starts right after it.

Figures and Tables
Put figures and tables at the end of the appropriate chapter. Do
not insert them into the text of the chapter.

Formatting Priorities for Your Thesis or
1. Copyright considerations;
2. Reference system
(format and agreement of text and reference list);
3. Table of contents (format, logic, organization, pertinence, and
agreement with text)
4. Continuous text flow;
5. Tables, figures, and equations (format, list, and mention).

After changes have been made to the satisfaction of the
supervisory committee, the Final Exam form is given to the
Graduate School Editorial Office, and the student may then
upload and submit the final pdf of the electronic thesis or
dissertation, through the Editorial Office Document
Management (EDM) system. The Editorial Office checks to
make sure the format is acceptable and that the links work, and
emails the student regarding the status of the ETD (electronic
thesis or dissertation). If accepted, no further changes are
allowed. The final document must be accepted (not just
submitted) by 5:00 pm of the deadline.

For questions about copyright considerations, reference systems,
or other format requirements: Graduate School Editorial
Office, 224B The Hub, University of Florida. Phone: (352) 392-
1282. Email: taylora@ufl.edu. Website:
For help with MS Word and LaTeX templates, troubleshooting
technical problems, and PDF conversion: The ETD Lab
(Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Technical Support), 224
HUB. Phone: (352) 392-8098. Email: etd@grove.ufl.edu.
Website: http://etd.circa.ufl.edu/download.html.

Plan ahead and make your appointment to see the ETD


Graduate School Records Office: The Records Office
works with departments to support students at all phases of their
graduate careers, from admission through degree certification
and graduation. The Office is responsible for keeping the official

graduate student record and ensuring that all Graduate Council
and University policies are followed.
Office of Graduate Minority Programs (OGMP)-OGMP
offers a variety of programs for incoming and continuing

underrepresented graduate students. The OGMP hosts a fall
orientation session for new underrepresented graduate students,
provides individual academic counseling, and sponsors
receptions, forums, and a Graduate School Open House to help
students meet faculty and administrators who are important to
the graduate matriculation process. For more information, the
OGMP has a website at:
Graduate School Editorial Office: The Editorial Office
provides a detailed website with information on formatting and
checklists to assist graduate students in the preparation of the
manuscript. These guidelines offer suggestions and advice on
the preparation and reproduction of illustrative materials, the use
of copyrighted materials, and the securing of a copyright for a
dissertation. The editorial staff examines a limited portion of the
final draft and makes recommendations concerning the form of
the manuscript before it is printed for final submission. The
editors are available to answer questions regarding correct
grammar, sentence structure, and acceptable forms of
presentation. The editorial staff also cooperates with the Office
of Academic Technology in providing periodic workshops on
the preparation of theses and dissertations; the dates are
published in the Independent Florida Alligator. The Guide for
Preparing Theses and Dissertations, Critical Dates, and Graduate
Catalog are available on the Web at
http://gradschool.rgp.ufl.edu, and available for download and
The University of Florida International Center (UFIC),
located in 170 HUB, Stadium Road, enhances the educational
experience and environment of UF's students, faculty and staff
by promoting a global perspective. UFIC is the University of
Florida's liaison with foreign and domestic embassies and
consulates and is responsible for maintaining compliance with
federal regulations pertaining to international students, faculty
and scholars. For more information, contact UFIC: telephone
(352) 392-5323, fax (352) 392-5575, email ufic@ufic.ufl.edu, or
visit the UFIC website at www.ufic.ufl.edu.
International Student Services (ISS) provides services for
international students through immigration document
preparation, orientation, immigration services, and various
workshops. Services are provided to international students
immediately upon their arrival at the University of Florida and
continue until they return to their home countries. ISS provides

Other Resources
University Libraries: hil i i ii ii Il c..Il
Student Health Care Center: hilp it,, ii.. cll.I,
Computer Support (CIRCA): hiip L .i. i.. 1 c .. or 392-

Web Pages And Email Listserves
Information is published online for graduate students at
http://my.ufl.edu by Student Services and the Graduate School.
This website contains information about important deadlines,
grants and fellowships, workshops, and other items relevant to
graduate education. Students will be held responsible for
procedures, and deadlines that are published through this
The Graduate School maintains a website for current

Workshops For Teaching Assistants
The Graduate School and the Office of Academic Technology
offer an orientation and a series of workshops for teaching
assistants who want to improve their instructional skills. The
orientation and the "getting started" workshop are mandatory for
all who are beginning teaching assignments. The website for

counseling on academic, immigration, financial, cultural, and
personal issues to all international students. All new
international students are required to check-in with the
International Center.
The Graduate Student Council was formed in 1989 to
foster interaction among graduate students on campus and to
provide an agency for the coordination of graduate student
activities and programs. GSC activities include participating in
the annual fall orientation for new graduate students, organizing
the Graduate Student Forum every spring semester, and funding
travel grants for graduate students who participate in
conferences. Interested students should contact department
chairs for details on how to get involved with the GSC, call 392-
7200 ext. 424, or see the website at http://grove.ufl.edu/-gsc/.
Graduate Assistants United (GAU) represents graduate
assistants in collective bargaining with respect to wages, credits,
and other conditions of employment. GAU also serves as
advocate for graduate assistants with employment grievances,
publishes a newsletter, provides an email list, and organizes
social events. Call 392-0274 or visit the website at
www.ufgau.org/ for more information.
The Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) was
founded as a forum in which graduate students of African
descent in various disciplines could come together to share
experiences and learn from each other in a way that aids in the
successful advancement of its members. For more information
call 378-1582.
The Hispanic Graduate Student Association (HGSA) is
dedicated to meeting the social, academic, and professional
needs of all graduate students of Hispanic/Latino(a) descent.
The organization offers members an opportunity to celebrate
their heritage and forge new relationships. For more
information, call 392-0601, x506.
Students with Disabilities: The Disability Resource Center
provides individual support services based on specific needs and
may include campus orientation, assistance with registration,
and support in securing auxiliary learning aids. Students with
disabilities need to provide documentation regarding their
specific disability and meet with the Assistant Dean for Student
Services, before receiving reasonable academic
accommodations. For further information, please contact 001
Reid Hall, 392-8565. Also see the web page at

Student Government: http://sg.ufl.edu or 392-1665 ext. 305
University Counseling Center: hlip i," ci! 11 cL .1.l

students at http://gradschool.rgp.ufl.edu that provides useful
information and online forms.
The Graduate School communicates directly with enrolled
graduate students via email using GatorLink addresses. An
archive of messages is available at
http://lists.ufl.edu/archives/gradstudent-l.html. Students are
required to establish this free account.

teaching assistants is
]lil'p Ic.. '!!!l c!!lc'l! ui1 ci.h./tadevelopment.html. A
Handbook for Teaching Assistants is available on-line also
at: hlip Ic.lmJi. clcI! I.i. c.l.il/tadevelopment.html.
Among the materials covered are presentation skills, course

and lecture planning, techniques for improved student
motivation and attention, group dynamics, testing and grading,
and how to elicit and interpret feedback. To sign up or for more
information, call Dr. Winifred Cooke at the AT Teaching

Center, 392-2010, or drop by the office on the ground level,
Southwest Broward Hall. Teaching at the University of Florida:


The University of Florida makes available three English
language programs to help international graduate students
improve their proficiency in English. These programs are 1) the
English Language Institute, 2) Academic Written English, and
3) Academic Spoken English.
The Academic Written English (AWE) program is
designed to help foreign graduate students improve their writing
ability. Applicants whose verbal GRE scores are below 320 or
who have been admitted provisionally with a score lower than
required on a TOEFL (550 paper, 213 computer, 80 web) are
given a writing test. Those demonstrating a lower proficiency
than needed for successful performance in written tasks at the
graduate level are required to take EAP 5845. Information about

the AWE program is available at 4131 Turlington Hall, or call
The Academic Spoken English (ASE) program is designed
to help those students who expect to be Graduate Teaching
Assistants at the University of Florida but who cannot
demonstrate a high enough proficiency in English. Students who
must raise TSE scores are advised to take EAP 5835, a course to
improve general oral language skills. Another course, EAP
5836, is offered to students whose proficiency is good enough to
begin teaching but who still need help learning to use English in
an American classroom. Teachers are videotaped and their class
work discussed constructively by the ASE staff


Administrative, academic, and registration petitions will be the Graduate Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The petition
approved by the Graduate School only for mitigating should cite the policy and justify the exception being requested.
circumstances. Such petitions musts be initiated by the Address to the Associate Director of the Graduate School, 164
department and must be endorsed by the student's supervisory Grinter Hall, P.O. Box 115500.
committee chair, graduate coordinator, or department chair, and,


Change in Number of Dependants
Fill out a new W-4 form and give to Office Manager
]!iil' ii h! 111 !, 0.l !!!! !I i i.i!i.i.i! /W 4.pdf

Change of Address
Make changes directly in MyUFL to update your address.
Fill out a new W-4 form and give to Office Manager
liii'p 1 1 Ii i li lc.lLt I!. !. !! !!.i!.ii. /W 4.pdf

Change of Name
Fill out a new W-4 form and give to Office Manager
liii'p ii 11 il t .l ii I!. !! !!.i.i.I! /W 4.pdf

Use of Conference Room / Break Room
Make reservations for the use of conference room through Annie
(Dept. Senior Secretary). Use refrigerator, microwave, coffee
pot, etc. Please clean up after using. Turn off lights and lock
door when leaving.

Access To Offices
Each Grad-TA will receive keys to access their office space,
entrance to our building, conference room and the Reception
area of the Department (mailboxes, copier, fax). If you need a
key to the shower room, please request one from Office
Manager. Keys are NEVER to be duplicated or to be used by
anyone else, other than the person to whom the key has been
assigned. Turn of lights when leaving. Make sure all doors are
locked when you leave.

Use of Copier

Available to use at Religion's main office. Do not use for
personal copying.

Use of FAX Machine
The Department's fax machine is available to use at Religion's
main office for UF related business. Use the log that is located
besides the machine to write down fax number and pages sent to
out-of-Gainesville numbers.

Each graduate student office / lounge has several computers
available to use. Please do not use / download inappropriate
material. Do not install any software that is not UF property and
does not have a license.
]ip I ..i ~ il i1 cl .'.lIi .Il"piIIH.' I I 1 ."!'. Need help or
require more information on computer how-to-do's and the
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences computer related policies,
please refer to CLAS' website ]iii'p 11 i.. .il .!.i 11i. ci.

Email Accounts
As of this Fall, incoming graduate students will not be given
CLAS email accounts. Their GatorLink (IMAP) email accounts
will be their only UF email account.

To Dial Out: Toll-free calls: 91-800xxx-xxxx
Within Gainesville: 9xxx-xxxx
Alachua: 9xxx-xxx-xxxx
Out-of-state: 91xxx-xxx-xxxx
Out of the country: 9011 country code,
city code, and phone number

To Listen To Personal Voice Mail: Hit the "messages" button
on the phone. Dial password: 12345, and then #
1 to listen to new messages
2 to listen to saved messages
3 to delete message

Communicating with the Office Manager
I will be glad to help in any way I can.
Credit card (P-card) Reservations (airline, hotel)
Travel Authorizations Payroll questions
Feel free to interrupt me whenever you need; if I cannot
help you at the moment, we will arrange a meeting time.
If something requires my urgent attention, send me an
email but follow up with a phone call (to ensure that I am in the
office and received the email).
Mozilla does not have the "out of office" message, so if I
haven't replied to you, it is because I am probably out of the
The Office Manager would also appreciate
acknowledgement on your part of any email you received that
you cannot get to right away.
I will not email anyone notifying that I will be out of the
office for one day; only if it is 2 days or more. Mozilla does not
allow this.
If I haven't answered your email in a day or two, please
remind me. It could be that it "slipped through the cracks".

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