Watch our video Completing your Degree as a Graduate Student to get an overview of degree completion steps and deadlines.
Important: All master's degree requirements must be met within 7 years.
Develop a Program of Study with your program. This is your plan for completing your degree. Speak with your advisor, department chair, or departmental graduate coordinator for guidance on completing this requirement.
Doctoral students beginning their program in fall 2016, or later, have 9 years to complete all work, including course work, thesis (if required) and all examinations. Request an extension of this time limit by submitting a petition to the Graduate School.
Use the exam scheduling form to schedule examinations. Please submit your exam scheduling form as soon as you schedule your exam but no later than two weeks before the exam date. For guidance on scheduling a meeting, please see our tips for organizing a meeting.
You must be registered for a minimum of three graduate credits, or on an approved leave of absence, until all degree requirements are completed. To avoid registering for the term following your defense, submit the final corrected and signed thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School before the first day of the term following the term in which you defend. For details on this policy see "Continuous Enrollment - Minimum Registration" in the Graduate Catalog.
If you are not using university facilities or faculty time during the summer then you may not have to enroll for the summer session. Please refer to the Continuous Enrollment Policy in the Graduate Catalog, and work with your program, to determine if this applies to you. During summer session, a minimum registration of 3 credits is required for graduate assistants.
A completed (with signatures) Leave of Absence Form must be received by the Graduate School at least 15 working days prior to the first day of the term involved. All graduate students in degree and certificate programs must register continuously for a minimum of 3 graduate credits, excluding summer session, until their degree or certificate is granted or until their status as a credential-seeking graduate student is terminated. See the catalog for more information on Registration Requirements.
Please review the Leave of Absence and Family Medical Leave eligibility comparison tool for questions about the differences between the standard leave of absence and Family Medical Leave.
If you want your diploma for the current term complete the following degree requirements by 5 p.m. on the dates in green below.
If you need more time, but do not want to register for the next term, please complete the following degree requirements by 5 p.m. on the dates in red below. This will result in getting your diploma in the following term.
Degree requirements to complete by dates below:
* If you plan to participate in commencement while finishing this term you will need to adhere to the Commencement Deadlines listed below.
Summer graduates can now walk at commencement. Please see our commencement page for more details.
Be enrolled for minimum of three graduate credits
File a Diploma Application by logging into MyOSU, select the Graduate Student tab, then Masters/Doctorate – Apply to Graduate, from the top right menu. All students graduating spring term must file a diploma application regardless of whether or not they will attend commencement.
For Doctoral Students Only: The title of your dissertation and major professor's name(s) will be in the commencement program. Please email this information to Julie Kurtz no later than April 17, 2020 to ensure your title is included in the program.
Confirm commencement attendance by logging into MyOSU, select the Graduate Student tab, in the My Graduate Degree box, under Graduation please select Graduate Students—Commencement Attendance Confirmation.
Thesis and Dissertation students: Successfully complete final defense. Schedule two weeks prior with the Graduate School using the exam scheduling form.
Upload final copy of Thesis/Dissertation to ScholarsArchive and submit additional documents to Graduate School
Non-thesis students: Successfully complete final defense. Schedule two weeks prior with the Graduate School using the exam scheduling form.
Clear all remaining degree requirements, including:
If you experience extenuating circumstances and cannot meet any of the deadlines posted here, please contact the Graduate School at 541-737-4881.