Requirements for Graduate Degree
Requirements for Graduate Degree
Human Subject Research
Time Limitation for Completion Graduate Thesis Award
Second Master's Degree Graduate Achievement Award
Graduate Program Capstone Options Conferring of Degree
After being admitted to the program of one’s choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:
- Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
- Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
- Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in your program in graduate-only level courses (non-slash courses.)
- Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
- Satisfy thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the director of university graduate studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the director of university graduate studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the thesis requiring approval from the director of university graduate studies. Click here for further guidelines.
- File a completed “Intent to Graduate” form online via the WINGS student center as soon as you have registered for your final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
- Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
- Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See number 5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
All credits accepted toward a degree, including transfer credit, must have been earned within a seven-year period prior to the actual date of graduation. No time extensions beyond the seven years will be granted except for unusual health conditions, fulfillment of military obligations or such other extenuating circumstances as the Graduate Council may recognize. The seven-year period may include grades earned in no more than seven summer sessions and fourteen semesters from the date of initial enrollment. If additional time is needed for the completion of the graduate degree program in which you are currently enrolled, you must file a request for a time extension with the director of university graduate studies, 235 Morris Hall.
A graduate of a UW-L master’s degree program may earn a second UW-L master’s degree by meeting the following conditions:
- Submit a new application for admission with the application fee.
- Become accepted into the degree program by the appropriate college and program.
- Complete program requirements. A maximum of nine semester credits of course requirements of the second UW-L master’s degree may be fulfilled by course work completed for a previous UW-L master’s degree. Individual programs may have a more restrictive policy on transferring credits from a previously earned master’s degree. Program directors and deans approve credits that apply from program to program.
- All general requirements for the master’s degree apply to the second master’s degree. Students must complete the terminal project for the second master’s degree required by the program. All requirements must be completed within seven years, including credits accepted from a previous master’s degree.
Students who received a master’s degree from another institution must meet the above requirements. The graduate transfer policy will be used to determine credit to be awarded for previous course work from another institution.
Continuous Registration Policy
The Graduate Council has approved a continuous registration policy for students completing a thesis, seminar paper, or other culminating graduate projects. The purpose of this policy is to provide continued access to university faculty, technology, facilities, and the library.
Once having completed all degree requirements in an approved program of study except the thesis, seminar paper or the other culminating graduate projects, students must maintain continuous semester-to-semester enrollment (including summer session) by registering each semester for GRC 799 for zero credits and paying a special course fee (equal to the cost of one resident graduate credit) until the thesis, seminar paper, or culminating project is completed and receives final university approval.
Participation in commencement and hooding exercises signifies that course work and all other degree requirements have been satisfied. Students who have not completed all degree requirements, but have a compelling reason to participate in commencement exercises, may request permission to do so. Permission must be obtained from their college dean’s office and the director of university graduate studies at least two weeks prior to commencement. Commencement ceremonies occur each year in December and May.
Current graduation fees for graduate students are available here. Students are billed for the graduation fee upon completion of 20 credits toward the master’s degree. This is a one-time fee assessed regardless of whether or not a student chooses to attend the commencement ceremony. There is an additional charge for the keepsake cap, gown and hood for those attending the ceremony.
Diplomas are mailed approximately six weeks after the ending date of the semester to the current legal address on the university computer system unless the Records and Registration Office has been notified differently in writing. All indebtedness to the university must be cleared before a diploma is released.
Considering the high academic achievement of graduate students and the required 3.00 cumulative grade point average upon graduation, commencement and graduation honors are not calculated for graduate students. Honor cords are worn only by undergraduate students at commencement; and honors are not noted on the graduate permanent record. The semester dean’s list also is calculated for undergraduate students only.