Degree Candidacy

The following steps are taken to determine whether an admitted student's performance is satisfactory to allow continuation in their academic program and completion of requirements for their program or degree:

  1. Course grades are examined to determine whether the student is maintaining satisfactory academic progress, described in the Satisfactory Academic Progress and Performance Policy.
  2. The courses taken are compared to those listed on the student's formal program of study to ensure that the student is progressing as planned.
  3. Information relevant to each degree/licensure/endorsement concentration is solicited from advisor(s), instructors, and other sources.

Students who do not maintain satisfactory academic progress will be withdrawn from the program and the graduate school. Withdrawal decisions may be appealed through the graduate school's appeal review process (also described in the Satisfactory Academic Progress and Performance Policy). Once withdrawn from a program, a student may not be readmitted to that program, except through timely use of appeal review.

Applying for Degree Candidacy

In order to graduate, students must complete an application for degree candidacy. The degree application must be filed with the graduate registrar before the applicable deadline:

  • December degree completion and June commencement participation:
    September 20, 2016
  • May degree completion and June commencement participation:
    November 20, 2016
  • July or August degree completion and June commencement participation: 
    March 1, 2017