Graduation

Application Deadlines

May Degree Conferral - February 1
August Degree Conferral - June 1 (Februrary 1 if the student would like his/her name listed in the May Commencement Booklet)
December Degree Conferral - October 1

Requirements for the award of a master's degree or certificate of advanced study:

  1. Completion and submission of the Application for Graduation to the Graduate School by the date listed above.  Failure to apply by the deadline date may delay the granting of the degree and may result in the omission of the student's name from the commencement program.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 30 graduate-level credit hours.
  3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) in all graduate coursework.
  4. Completion of all coursework and degree requirements within the six year period immediately preceding the date of graduation.
  5. Completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours of 600- or 700-level coursework.
  6. Receipt by the Graduate School of official transcript(s) of approved transfer credit as listed on the Degree Candidacy Form. Transfer credit must meet all requirements as defined in the Graduate Catalog.
  7. All graduate and undergraduate courses with a grade status of I, IP, N, or X must be completed and appropriate grades submitted.
  8. All financial obligations to the college must be met, and all college property must be returned.  Students who do not meet the requirements for graduation by the semester for which they applied must submit a new application for graduation, in accordance with established deadlines, for the semester in which the requirements will be completed.
  9. Students who write a master's thesis must submit the final submission of their approved theses (to be done electronically) through Digital Commons before a diploma can be issued.  Students should discuss the submission process with their thesis adviser.
  10. Master of Science Multidisciplinary Studies candidates for May degree conferral must submit the final submission of their approved research methods paper and master's project to the Graduate School Office before a diploma can be issued.  Students should discuss the submission process with their project adviser.

Students who do not meet the requirements for graduation by the semester for which they applied must submit a new application for graduation, in accordance with established deadlines, for the semester in which the requirements will be completed.

Common Deficiency Issues and Corrective Actions

Issue: Course(s) exceed 6-year time limit
Action: See your adviser and complete appropriate "Graduate Student Approval for Waiver of Six-Year Time Limit" form for expired course(s)

Issue: You have an X, N, I, IP grade
Action: Complete coursework and/or talk with instructor to complete change of grade form

Issue: Not enough credits at the 600/700-level
Action: See your adviser

Issue: No transcript on file for requested transfer credit
Action: Submit transcript to the Graduate School

Issue: Your cumulative G.P.A. is below 3.0
Action: See your adviser

Issue: You have more than 6 credits each in workshops, conferences, or independent study
Action: See your adviser and file academic appeal requesting a waiver of this requirement.

Commencement

Commencement is held once each year at the end of the spring semester in May. Students eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony are those who complete their degree requirements in December (previous), January (previous), May (current), or August (anticipated). Visit the Commencement website for more information.

 

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