Degree Requirements

All requirements for any advanced degrees to be awarded at a given degree-granting period (February, May, September) must be completed by the appropriate deadline as published on the Graduate School's website Generally, mid  December for February; mid April for May; and last working day of August for September. The completed Eligibility for Degree Form, signed by the candidate, the Graduate Program Director, and the Department Chair/Head, must be submitted to the Graduate School Office of Degree Requirements by the specified date so that all the candidate’s credentials can be certified before the degree is actually awarded. Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook (online at for further detailed guidance in the preparation and completion of a program of study. Guidelines for Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations is also available online at

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