Graduate Resources

Here are a few of the things you should know and answers to frequently asked questions.

  • Save and print your graduate bulletin. It is available on the registrar’s website. This is your graduation contract with TCU. Your graduate bulletin (catalog) contains information outlining rules, regulations, graduation and your degree plan. General rules, applying to all TCU graduate students, may be found at
  • All TCU students are required to carry medical insurance. Insurance costs will automatically be added to your bill unless you submit proof of insurance to TCU Financial Services. All international students will automatically be enrolled in the student health insurance program and costs added to your financial statement.
  • It is mandatory that you fill out a student health information card and return it to the Health Center. Forms are available in your admittance packet or through the Student Health Center or graduate office.
  • In order to start receiving your assistantship (stipend) checks, take your driver’s license and social security card to career services and fill out the required PDF. Career Services is located in Jarvis Hall. International students will need to fill out the Glacier paperwork with Human Resources, in addition to filling out the PDF form in Career Services.  All incoming graduate students need to notify the graduate office in Ed Landreth 130 that these steps have been completed so that the final paperwork to activate your stipend can be completed.
  • Your degree plan is critical to receiving your diploma. Should you deviate from the degree plan for any reason, (example: a course substitution or special studies class — special problems MUSI 50970), make sure your faculty adviser advises the graduate office, in writing (course substitution form), of any change from your degree plan. This is your responsibility and is essential in processing your Intent to Graduate.
  • If you were given a tuition award, you were awarded a certain number of hours for the spring and fall semesters. Be sure to notify the graduate office if you are enrolled in more or fewer hours than your tuition award. You will be personally responsible for any financial differences.
  • Check the registrar’s calendar for the last day to add and drop courses. You will be personally responsible for any financial penalties. If you must add and drop past the deadlines, be sure and contact the graduate office to possibly avoid financial penalties. It is always the first Friday of the week classes begin.  Do not drop a class online after that Friday or you will incur substantial financial penalties.
  • Complete intent to graduate form and submit to during the first two weeks of the semester in which you intend to graduate.
  • Thesis submission
    TCU library requests that a thesis or dissertation be submitted in PDF format. Instructions can be found on the TCU library site.


For more information or if you have additional questions about our graduate programs, please contact the School of Music or the School of Art.

School of Music
Ed Landreth Hall 120
TCU Box 297500
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Phone: 817-257-7232

School of Art
Moudy North 245
TCU Box 298000
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Phone: 817-257-7643