1) Departmental Entrance/Qualifying Exams – If your department has qualifying examinations such as the Miller Analogies Test, GRE, GMAT and departmental essay exams, these will need to be successfully completed and official score results on file with the Graduate Office before your degree can be conferred. Normally a department will not admit you to the program or will put you into a probationary admission status until any examination requirements are successfully completed.
2) Degree plan –For masters programs requiring 30-45 credit hours, degree-seeking graduate students must submit an approved degree plan signed by their advisor, department chair, and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School and Distance Education to the Graduate School after completion of 15 credit hours. Graduate programs requiring more than 45 credit hours must submit an approved degree plan signed by their advisor, department chair, and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School and Distance Education to the Graduate Schools after 30 credit hours. After these credit hour limits, if an approved degree plan is not on file in the Graduate School, an enrollment hold will be placed on the student’s account. (Changes based on Federal Regulations on Satisfactory Academic Program).
For the Ed.S. program an approved degree plan must be submitted to the Graduate School after a student completes 15 credit hours. After this credit hour limit, if an approved degree plan is not on file in the Graduate School, an enrollment hold will be placed on the student’s account (Changes based on Federal Regulations on Satisfactory Academic Program).
For the Ph.D. program, an approved doctorate degree plan must be submitted to the Graduate School after the student completes 30 credit hours. After this credit hour limit, if an approved degree plan is not on file in the Graduate School, an enrollment hold will be placed on the student’s account. (Changes based on Federal Regulations on Satisfactory Academic Program.
3) Admission to Degree Candidacy – Most departments require the student to apply for degree candidacy once the following requirements have been met:
4) Comprehensive/Final exams – The majority of programs require a final examination that must be successfully completed. These results must be submitted by the department to the Graduate School for inclusion in your record before your degree will be conferred. Please check with your department concerning any final/comprehensive exam requirements.
5) Thesis/Dissertation- If your degree requires a thesis/dissertation, a copy of the thesis/dissertation must be submitted to your department no later than 3 weeks prior to the day the degree is to be conferred. Some department may have earlier deadlines. Once the thesis/dissertation has been approved by the department and it has been signed by the department, it is your responsibility to submit that copy to the Graduate School for review by the Graduate Dean. This copy is normally due approximately 2 weeks prior to graduation (Check the Thesis/Dissertation Guidebooks for specific dealines for receipt of your thesis/dissertation.) Once the Graduate Dean has reviewed your thesis, it will be returned to your to make your final corrections. The thesis/dissertation is checked to assure that all corrections have been made.
6) Intent to Graduate – The semester prior to the semester in which you anticipate completing your degree requirements, you are required to complete an Intent to Graduate. Nothing will begin in the degree conferral process until you have completed the Intent to Graduate and submitted it to the Graduate School. Once this form is received and processed by the Graduate School, you will be notified at your official ESU email address that it has been received and processed. Deadlines for receipt of the Intent to Graduate are as follows:
Spring graduates – November 1 of the preceding Fall semester.
Summer graduates-March 1 of the preceding Spring semester.
Fall graduates – July 1 of the preceding Summer semester.
Please follow the instructions below to access and complete the online Intent to Gradaute Form:
If you need to complete a hard copy of the application, please contact Doug Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Failure to file the Intent to Graduate will delay the awarding of your degree.
7) Degree Analysis – Once your Intent to Graduate Form has been filed and an analysis done on your degree requirements, you will receive at your official ESU email address a courtesy copy of that analysis that is sent to your departmental advisor. The analysis is normally performed immediately prior to your last semester of enrollment.
8) Graduation/Commencement Checklist Letter – Approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the end of the semester of your anticipated graduation, you will receive a Graduation Checklist Letter at your official ESU email address that will provide you with final requirements/information concerning your graduation/degree completion.
9) Transfer credit – Should your department approve transfer credit to be brought in to fulfill your program course requirements at ESU, then your department must notify the Graduate Office as to which courses are being brought in from which universities and replacing which ESU courses on your program of study as outlined on your graduate degree plan. The following guidelines for transfer credit must be met before the credit will be approved by the Graduate Dean for inclusion in your program of study:
10) Awarding/Conferral of your degree – Final grades are normally collected/run the Tuesday night of the week following the last day of the semester. Beginning on Wednesday or Thursday of that week the degree conferral process begins. Final grades must appear on the transcript before degrees can begin to be awarded. A final analysis is performed on each graduate’s file to see that all requirements have been completed. If all requirements have been successfully met, then the degree is awarded and you are notified at your official ESU email address that your degree has been conferred. The awarding of degrees at the end of a semester normally takes 6-8 weeks for everyone’s degree to be conferred.
11) Diplomas – Once all degrees have been conferred, diplomas are processed for mailing. If there are no holds on your records, your diploma will be mailed to you at the address you have provided for us on your Commencement Response Card (see graduation checklist letter.)