Steps to Graduation

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* All paperwork must be submitted in accordance with deadlines.

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1. Submit an Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) form.

The Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) is a permanent record of your completed and planned course work as well as other requirements necessary for you to complete your degree.

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2. Submit a Culminating Experience Proposal.

Graduate students must complete a Culminating Experience which may include thesis, dissertation, field study or applied research, creative works project, supervised field internship, seminar, or comprehensive examination prior to graduation. A Proposal for Culminating Experience (PCE) must be approved by Graduate Studies before enrolling in the culminating experience course.

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3. Review Thesis / Dissertation / Written Creative Work Guidelines.

To graduate in the semester you finish your Culminating Experience, you must complete a format check with the Division of Graduate Studies.

If you are unable to complete the CE in the semester you enroll, please see the Continuous Enrollment Policy (Step 6).

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4. Apply for Award of Graduate Degree

To earn your degree you must apply online; the evaluator will verify degree completion. Your application also allows you to participate in the annual commencement ceremony.

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5. Submit Thesis/Dissertation/Written Creative Work and/or Report of Completion of your Culminating Experience Project.

If you are completing a Thesis/Dissertation/Written Creative Work, you will need to conduct a format check with the Division of Graduate Studies. For the format check instructions, follow the guidelines specified here.

The Report of Completion form is issued electronically by the Division of Graduate Studies once you have submitted your application for graduation, or upon completion of your specified program requirements and requested by your academic department only. Please contact your Graduate Program Specialist for assistance.

Note: Not every department requires both forms to be completed. Please refer to your ATC form or contact your department for more information.

6. Culminating Experience Continuous Enrollment Policy:

The Culminating Experience Continuous Enrollment Policy applies to all students admitted or re-admitted fall 2008 or later. Once you enroll in your Culminating Experience course, you are required to maintain continuous enrollment (either through the College of Extended Learning (CEL) or through regular university courses) if you do not complete your project and earn your degree within two semesters (the semester of enrollment and one "grace semester"). If you do not maintain continuous enrollment, and wish to return to complete the degree, you will need to retroactively enroll in the CEL course for each semester following the grace semester, and pay all applicable fees.

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Please review the reasons listed to avoid any delay in your graduation evaluation.

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