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Research Opportunities

Graduate Research Opportunities

Graduate student research in CSSH is a valuable form of experiential learning. Learn how you can engage in graduate student research.

Research Opportunities

COVID-19 Updates

Visit Northeastern University’s COVID-19 website for the latest updates on the university’s response to COVID-19.

Graduate Degree Audits

Review your coursework through curriculum and track your academic progress towards graduation using the degree audit system. Instructions can be found on the Registrar’s Degree Audit website, under “Graduate (non-CPS) and School of Law.”  If you have questions or concerns about your audit, consult the graduate program administrator in your department.

The PhD Network

The Northeastern PhD Network is an organization designed to build community among PhD students. The Network provides students with support and resources to enhance their educational experience and career preparation.

The Digital Scholarship Group

The Digital Scholarship Group, or DSG, is part of Northeastern University Library’s digital scholarship services, supporting digital modes of research, publication, and collaboration at Northeastern. The DSG provides expertise, infrastructure, and strategic guidance for researchers and projects, and we offer a wealth of activities to help you get involved and learn more.

Frequently-Requested Forms

Directed Study

Requests for directed study are submitted via myNortheastern prior to the start of the semester for which the student wishes to enroll.

Transfer Credit

The Transfer Credit Form is completed by students who wish to transfer credits from another accredited U.S. institution. The form is located on the Registrar’s website under “Forms.”

Incomplete Grade Contracts

Students who receive an Incomplete (I) grade in a course should complete an Incomplete-Grade Contract with the instructor. The contract form is located on the Registrar’s website under “Forms.”

Language Approval Form

Language study is available for CSSH Masters and PhD students who need proficiency in a language other than English for their fieldwork or other scholarly research. Registration for the language course must take place prior to the start of the semester. The credits will not count toward the credits needed to complete the degree. Instructions are available on page 2 of the form.

Leave of Absence

Requests for all non-medical LOAs are submitted via myNortheastern prior to the start of the semester for which the leave is being requested. More information can be found on the Registrar’s website.

Travel Funding

Graduate students may apply for Individual Funding from the Graduate Student Government to attend conferences. PhD students may also apply for PhD Travel Funding through the PhD Network. Visit the Graduate Student Government and PhD Network websites or eligibility, terms, deadlines, and application requirements.

Career Resources

Northeastern offers tools and workshops for graduate student career planning, job searches, and fellowship applications. Find more information on the Student Career Resources website.

Experiential Opportunities

View The Experiential PhD and Co-ops for Graduate Students for more information about CSSH’s experiential learning opportunities.


See Funding Opportunities for a list of fellowship opportunities.

Theses and Dissertations

Formatting Guidelines

All students who plan to submit a thesis or dissertation are expected to follow the CSSH formatting guidelines.

Continuity of Registration

All students must be registered in the last semester of their program, including the full summer semester if that is when defense occurs. (See General Regulations, Continuity of Registration)


Apply to Graduate

Whether or not you are planning to attend a commencement ceremony, you initiate the commencement process by applying to graduate via your myNortheastern account. You should apply even if there is a chance that all of your requirements will not be completed in time to graduate on a specific commencement date. Do not wait until after you have defended your thesis or dissertation to put your name on the commencement list since the clearance process for graduation begins several months prior to commencement. Your department or the CSSH Graduate Office can easily take your name off the list at the last minute. See the Commencement website for Apply to Graduate deadlines.

Degree Conferral and Commencement Ceremonies

Degrees are awarded in December, May, and August, and commencement ceremonies take place at the end of spring term. You can find the application to graduate, answers to frequently asked questions, and details about upcoming commencement ceremonies at Northeastern’s Commencement website.

See CSSH Master’s Commencement Ceremony and PhD Hooding Ceremony for information for CSSH graduates.