Spring 2016 Graduation Requirements for Master's Degree Students

Semester of Graduation

Summer 2015 | Fall 2015 | Spring 2016


If you intend to complete your degree requirements during the spring 2015 semester, please take the following steps. (For copies of forms, please click here.)

Degree Requirements for Master's Candidates Deadline Dates

For all Master's Candidates:
Before the close of general registration, register for at least one credit during the semester that you intend to graduate.

January 25

Apply for graduation online: Application for Diploma

December 1 - February 15

Pay the cashier all outstanding university debts.

One month before the graduation date:
April 18

For thesis-option candidates:
Check with your Graduate Program Director and the Graduate School Catalog for related information regarding: preparation of your thesis, examination committee, final examinations, and other requirements for the master's degree.

Bring to the Graduate School the completed Nomination of Members for the Final Master's Examination Committee form.

The Graduate School will notify the Chairman of the Committee and the Dean's selected representative of the approved/appointed committee by returning the above form showing Graduate School approval and appointment of the Dean's representative.

Two months prior to the final exam

After all committee members have read the thesis, the Chairperson and the Graduate Program Director sign the Certification of Readiness to Defend the Master's Thesis form. Bring the completed form to the Graduate School. (The Graduate School will then send the Procedures for Examination of the Master's Thesis and the Report of the Examining Committee form to the Dean's representative of your committee.)

Two weeks before the thesis defense.

The Representative for the Dean returns the completed Report of the Examining Committee form to the Graduate School.

Within two working days after the oral defense

Last day to submit the signed approval sheet to the Graduate School and electronic thesis to UMI

April 25

Last day to submit the Certification of Completion of Master's Degree Requirements form for non-thesis option Candidates

May 18

If you plan to participate in the graduation ceremonies:
Order academic regalia from the Bookstore by the deadline date. Inform Patricia Winborn that you plan to attend commencement.


$25 expedited shipping fee for academic regalia orders.


Pick up academic regalia from the Bookstore.


Graduate School Commencement ceremony

May 18

Diplomas are available

8 weeks - July 15

N/A = Not Appropriate
TBA = To Be Announced

Please note that if the deadline dates are not met, you will have to reapply during the semester in which you plan to graduate. Please be sure to verify all deadline dates with either the program office or Graduate School. For more information about requirements for graduation, please consult your program and the Graduate School Catalog.