Graduation (Postgraduate)


Master’s degrees are awarded in September, January, and May. PhD degrees are awarded in January and May only. Commencement exercises are held in May only. Students planning to receive their degrees at the May commencement must submit diploma applications by February 1. Students must submit diploma applications by July 1 for September graduation and by November 1 for January graduation. The diploma application is valid only for the graduation date specified; a new application must be filed if the student does not graduate as planned (see Graduate Program Deadlines for additional deadlines).

Graduation Standards

Graduate students must complete their required academic program with a grade point average of at least 3.0 to graduate. The graduation GPA includes all coursework taken after matriculation applicable to the degree sought (regardless of grade obtained) and any previous courses submitted in fulfillment of program requirements.

Graduation Requirement

Graduate students must be registered for either a course or at least 2 credits of research/thesis/dissertation in the semester or summer session in which they complete degree requirements, as well as in the preceding semester.

Participation in Graduation

Master’s and PhD degree candidates must complete all degree requirements before participating in commencement exercises.