Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements are found under the curriculum heading of each program.


The student whose program requires a thesis must register for Thesis after receiving approval from his/her graduate advisor. The student’s committee approves the thesis topic and supervises the writing. Programs differ on style and requirements. Students must follow all guidelines for the thesis set by both the department/program and the Office of Graduate Studies. A thesis preparation guide is available from the Office of Graduate Studies.

After beginning work on the thesis, continuous enrollment in Thesis or Thesis Renewal is required for all fall and spring semesters until the thesis is completed and accepted by the Office of Graduate Studies. Summer enrollment is required if the student anticipates working on the thesis or completing his/her thesis during either summer term. The student must meet all departmental and Office of Graduate Studies deadlines and requirements. A thesis processing fee is assessed.

Diploma Card

The deadline for filing Diploma Cards in the Registrar’s Office is listed in the Academic Calendar in the front of this catalog. Students filing a diploma card after this date will be charged a late fee. The student should inform the Program Director if his/her graduation date changes.

Participation in Graduation Exercises

All candidates for degrees are requested to participate in the commencement ceremony. Candidates must be enrolled in all courses required to complete the degree, including Thesis and Thesis Renewal (if applicable). Incomplete grades must be completed by the deadlines of April 15 (May graduation) and November 15 (December graduation). Students with any graduation requirements not completed by these dates will be excluded from walking at their respective graduation ceremony.

Financial Obligations to the University

Students are required to settle all accounts in a manner satisfactory to the university controller before a diploma will be awarded.