Graduation Requirements

Eligibility for Graduation

Students must apply for graduation for the term in which all degree requirements will have been met. Students should apply to graduate five to eight months prior to the expected graduation date. Check the Graduation webpage for specific deadlines. 

  • Students must successfully pass all program prerequisites and requirements, and earn a minimum average GPA of 3.00 in all required and elective courses included in the program of study. 
  • Students must also pass the graduate degree written examination, internship practicum experiences, or thesis/dissertation if required by the particular program, and any additional oral or written examinations. 
  • A maximum of two courses of C grades is allowed in a program of study for graduation.
  • A maximum of three 500-level courses may be counted toward a master’s degree or post-baccalaureate certificate.

Any transfer courses counting toward a degree must be transferred to TU by the last day of classes of the term in which the student intends to graduate.

All degree requirements, including resolution of incomplete grades and the submission of final approved copy of thesis or dissertation must be completed by the last day of exams for the term in which the student intends to graduate.

Once a student has graduated, any corrections or changes must be made before the end of the following fall or spring term. Once this date has passed, the student's academic record will be closed and no further changes can be made.

Participation in the commencement ceremony is optional. Attending the commencement ceremony does not automatically denote graduation, since evaluation of records cannot be completed until all grades are available. Please refer to the Commencement webpage for ceremony information. 

Application for Graduation

The request for graduation review (“graduation application”) for a degree or certificate is submitted by the student to the Graduation Office by the published deadline. Instructions on how to apply for graduation, as well as general graduation application information can be found on the Graduation page.

Graduation applications received after the deadline will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the Graduation Office. Students who do not complete requirements for graduation must submit a new application during the term in which graduation is intended. A student must be accepted into a degree or certificate program prior to applying for graduation.

Time Limitation for Completion of Degree, Certificate Requirements

All requirements for a certificate or master’s degree must be completed within a seven-year period. All requirements for terminal or doctoral degrees must be completed within a ten-year period. The seven- and ten-year time clock begins with the earliest course applied toward the degree program. Post-baccalaureate certificates must be conferred prior to or at the same time as any corresponding degree that shares the same course work; post-baccalaureate certificates cannot be conferred after any corresponding degree that shares the same course work.