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Krista Terrell

Krista Terrell


Department Staff - Graduate Program Coordinator

Contact Information

Office Location: EDUC 487
IconPhone: 435-797-0093

About Krista

Krista is the heart of the graduate programs for the USU Psychology Department. She is the source of information for everything related to admissions and registering for classes to proposing and defending thesis and dissertations. Krista is an expert regarding graduation, internship and everything in between. Please utilize the information on this page to stay up-to-date with department policies, forms, and information on academics.

Thesis/Dissertation Process

Please utilize the directions and links below to begin the process for your master’s thesis. Students are responsible for accessing and digitally submitting the forms via the graduate school website. Any questions regarding thesis and dissertations should be directed to Krista. 

Before Thesis/Dissertation Proposal

  1. Following a student’s third semester:
    1. Submit Supervisory Committee Approval Form
    2. Submit Program of Study

At Thesis/Dissertation Proposal

  1. Within seven days of successful proposal
    1. Submit thesis/dissertation title page to Krista via email to route for electronic signatures

After Thesis/Dissertation Proposal

  1. Three months prior to defense:
    1. For Thesis: Submit the Thesis Project Approval Form after successful proposal and IRB or IACUC approval (if necessary)
    2. For Dissertations: Submit the Application for Candidacy Form after successful proposal and IRB or IACUC approval (if necessary)

Before Thesis/Dissertation Defense

  1. Ten business days prior to defense
    1. Submit Appointment for Examination Form
    2. Submit Thesis Title Page

After Thesis/Dissertation Defense

  1. Ten business days before submitting thesis for finalization:
    1. Submit Authorship and Copyright Form
    2. Submit Format and Style Form
  2. Submit thesis to Krista by email for formatting review

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition Awards

Tuition awards cover the cost of tuition, but do not cover accompanying fees or out-of-pocket insurance costs. Students in the Psychology Department’s School Psychology EdS Program may qualify for a one-year, out-of-state tuition waiver for their first year of education, but do not receive a full tuition award. 

Domestic Students:

      • Utah Resident: Tuition awards covering 100% of university tuition costs associated with program of study during the length of the program will be provided by the  institution.
      • Nonresident: In addition to covering resident (in-state) tuition, in a student's first year, the Department of Psychology tuition award will cover the non-resident portion of the university tuition. However, domestic, non-resident Department of Psychology students are expected to become residents of the State of Utah after their first 12 months on campus. Thus, the non-resident portion of the university tuition will not be awarded to domestic students after their first year. Residency requirements are outlined here

International Students:

      • The Department of Psychology tuition award pays non-resident and resident tuition costs for international students associated with program of study during the length of the program will be provided by the institution.
      • International students are responsible for paying the international student orientation fee. 

Differential Tuition:

      • The student is responsible to pay for any differential tuition charges after 12 credits in a semester. 

Program of Study:

      • Tuition awards may only be applied towards credits for courses listed on the student's program of study. 
      • Tuition awards are traditionally not approved for summer courses. However, students are eligible to request tuition award coverage for summer courses at the point of registration. 


      • Students are responsible for the payment of all student fees. Additional course or program fees such as online surcharges for non-residents are included in this responsibility. 

Late Adds:

      • Tuition awards will not be applied to credit for courses added after the fifteenth day of the term. 

Full-Time Status:

    • To remain active, students must be full-time students as defined by the university catalog, during fall and spring semesters.