DEADLINES FOR MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES 

To be eligible to earn an advanced degree, students must fulfill appropriate requirements as established by their major department and the Graduate School, and have an approved Candidacy Application.  Procedures and final deadlines required by the Graduate School are described below.  Note:  Please submit paperwork first to your department and allow time for review before Graduate School deadlines.


Commencement Dates and Requirements

For December 21, 2017*

  • October 1, 2017

    • Apply online to graduate. To do this, logon to myCUinfo.  On the Student tab, select the Apply for Graduation link under "my academics" or "other academic services."  

  • October 2, 2017

    • Submit to the Graduate School a Candidacy Application for an Advanced Degree.  Applications received after this date may not be processed in time for that semester’s commencement.  Applications must have student and departmental approval when submitted.

  • November 22, 2017

    • Last day for final exam/thesis defense.  The Graduate School must have written notification of final examination and committee two weeks prior to the exam, which should be submitted by the department on a master's examination report form.

  • November 29, 2017

    • Thesis plan students must submit final copy of thesis and signature page. Thesis must be submitted and approved electronically.  A signature page with two signatures must also be turned in to the Graduate School office by this deadline.  Students whose theses or signature pages are received after this deadline must apply to graduate at the following semester's commencement.

  • December 4, 2017

    • Have grade changes submitted for incomplete courses taken during previous semesters.

*Note: Although there is no campus-wide ceremony, students may have degrees awarded in August and December.

 

For May 10, 2018

  • February 1, 2018
    • ​Submit to the Graduate School a Candidacy Application for an Advanced Degree.  Applications received after this date may not be processed in time for that semester’s commencement.  Applications must have student and departmental approval when submitted.

 

  • February 1, 2018
    • Apply online to graduate. To do this, logon to myCUinfo.  On the Student tab, select the Apply for Graduation link under "my academics" or "other academic services."    Must be done whether or not you plan to attend ceremony.

 

  • April 18, 2018
    • Last day for final exam/thesis defense.  The Graduate School must have written notification of final examination and committee two weeks prior to the exam, which should be submitted by the department on a master's examination report form.

 

  • April 25, 2018
    • Thesis plan students must submit final copy of thesis and signature page. Thesis must be submitted and approved electronically.  A signature page with two signatures must also be turned in to the Graduate School office by this deadline.  Students whose theses or signature pages are received after this deadline must apply to graduate at the following semester's commencement.

 

  • April 30, 2018
    • Have grade changes submitted for incomplete courses taken during previous semesters.

Online Graduation Application

Only students who have applied online to graduate by the deadline for the semester they intend to graduate will be checked for graduation.  If you do not graduate when you anticipate, you must apply online to graduate in a new semester.  This online graduation application is required whether or not you attend the commencement ceremony.


Final Exam/Thesis Defense

The final examination report form for committee approval should be sent by the department to the Graduate School at least 2 weeks before the exam is held.  Approximately 1 week after the exam has been held, the signed form, with the committee member signatures, should be returned to the Graduate School.  Students whose departments do not require a master’s final exam for plan II students should submit their Degree Plan Approval Form with their candidacy application or soon after.


Registration during the semester of final exam/thesis defense  

Students must be registered for a minimum of one credit hour, for credit or pass/fail, during the semester of their final examination/thesis defense.  Students who wish to schedule an examination/defense between semesters may use the previous or the upcoming semester’s registration to meet this requirement.  NOTE:  summer session is considered a separate semester.  For the purpose of this registration requirement, a new semester has begun on the first day of class for that semester.  Registration for submitting the thesis only is not required if the defense was held in a previous semester.  International students should contact ISSS to discuss graduation and registration issues.


Thesis Review  

Copies of the University of Colorado Graduate School Specifications for Preparation of Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations are available online on the Thesis and Dissertation Specifications page.  Questions not addressed in the Specifications are usually resolved by the thesis Advisory Committee chair.  Student advisors in the Graduate School can review theses for compliance to the Specifications.  Preliminary formatting reviews can be done by e-mail (send your document to gradinfo@colorado.edu) and are strongly encouraged.  The thesis must be submitted online and approved by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline day.  A signature page must be turned in to the Graduate School with original signatures of your chair and one other committee member by the same deadline.  Submission information can be found at http://www.etdadmin.com/colorado.


Animal and Human Subjects Research  

ANY research involving the use of animals or human subjects MUST have approval from the Animal Care and Use Committee or the Institutional Review Board before such research can be undertaken.  A thesis involving animals and/or human subjects that has not been reviewed by the appropriate committee may be disallowed.  For the guidelines and procedures for submitting research proposals to the necessary committee see the following web sites.

                                Human Research:  http://humanresearch.colorado.edu/

                                Animal Research:  http://www.colorado.edu/VCResearch/integrity/animalcare/index.html


Graduation Ceremony Information

Students who have applied online to graduate by the posted deadline may receive an e-mail containing information about the commencement ceremony.  Receiving such notification, and attending the ceremony, does not mean that you have completed all requirements.  To verify graduation contact the student advisors at the Graduate School by e-mailing gradinfo@colorado.edu.  Commencement ceremony information is available at www.colorado.edu/commencement


Transfer of Credit  

The Request for Transfer of Credit should be completed, signed by the major department, and submitted to the Graduate School after one semester and completion of at least 6 credits as a degree seeking graduate student.  Transfer credit is defined as credit taken at another accredited institution, credits earned on another campus of the CU system, or credits earned as a non-degree student within the CU system.  Master’s students may transfer a maximum of 9 credit hours, 18 for Art Practices MFA students.  Transfer request forms can be obtained from academic departments and should be filled out and submitted for approval well before the deadline for submission of candidacy application in order to graduate in a given semester.


International Students

Check the ISSS web site for graduation information at http://www.colorado.edu/oie/information-all-international-students/graduating-semester.