Summer 2015 Graduation Requirements for Master's Degree Students

Semester of Graduation

Summer 2015 | Fall 2015 | Spring 2015


If you intend to complete your degree requirements during the summer 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.

Registration during the summer is NOT required except in the following circumstances:

- Student is graduating in the summer and was not registered in the preceding Spring semester.

- GAs with an appointment in the Summer must be registered for 3 credits in order to retain FICA exemption during the Summer.

- All GAs with appointments during the Summer are required to register for the graduate assistantship course GRAD603.

May 26

Apply for graduation online:
Application for Diploma

April 1 - June 15

Pay the cashier all outstanding university debts.

One month before the graduation date:
July 14

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

August 3

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

August 14

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


Diplomas are available

October 20

Last day to order without late fee


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. (There is a renewal fee of $5.00 if you wish to renew your application for a diploma.) 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.