Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Policy
Degrees are awarded in September, January, and May. Commencement exercises are held in May only. Students must meet all graduation deadlines as listed on the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) website. Master’s students should refer to deadlines as posted here on the GRS website. PhD students should refer to this GRS website for deadlines. In order to graduate, documentation of previous degrees must be on file in the GRS office. Incoming students who do not provide proof of their previous degrees will not be permitted to register in their second semester.
Graduation Policy on Missing Grades
The designation of “MG” indicates an unresolved status. “MG” is assigned by faculty to students who have never attended the course or who have stopped attending the course before the last day to drop a standard class without a “W” grade (see the Office of the Registrar’s website for date). Note: for students who have stopped attending a course after the last day to drop a standard class without a “W,” “I” or a letter grade may be the most appropriate grade. See the policy on “Incomplete” grades.
Students are permitted to graduate with an MG in a PDP course on their transcripts. However, students should be aware that MGs on the transcript are not desirable. MGs in all non-PDP courses must be resolved before graduation; students will not be permitted to graduate with an MG in a non-PDP course.