Completion of a Degree Program

The application for graduation (Application for Degree) must be filed with the Office of the Registrar three months before the expected completion of the degree. Students should refer to the academic calendar for published deadlines (

Upon receipt of the student's final capstone project, his/her department will forward the Recommendation for Award of Master's Degree form to the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, which initiates the final audit and conferral of degree. Degrees are awarded in May, August, and December.

The potential degree candidate list for May is prepared in March. Students and their advisors hold joint responsibility to ensure that the student's name has been included on the list. A student who completes his/her degree work in December will obtain his/her formal degree conferral at the following May Commencement.