Master’s Students

Here are steps to follow for the semester you expect to graduate:
  1. Enroll for a minimum of 1 graduate credit at UWM (audit not allowed) in your graduating term.

    If you have met all academic and credit requirements, or if you have reached your thesis credit limit, you may enroll in course 888, “Candidate for Degree,” if your program offers it. This course does not add to your credit total, apply to your degree, or affect your GPA. You are assessed the equivalent of one graduate credit in tuition and fees and receive a grade of S. International students should contact ISSS for registration requirements.

  2. Apply for graduation by the posted deadline for the semester in which you intend to graduate.

    Degrees are conferred in May (Spring), August (Summer) or December (Fall). All requirements must be completed by the last day of the term to be eligible to graduate in that term.

    Complete the Master’s Graduation Application in PAWS

    Applications do not carry forward; you must re-apply if you did not graduate in the semester you anticipated.

  3. The Bursar’s Office bills the $40 graduation application fee during the term you expect to receive your degree. The billing cycle runs monthly in your term of graduation, so your charge will appear in the next monthly cycle after you apply.

  4. Students submitting a Formal Thesis:
    1. Follow the formatting review, defense, and thesis submission deadlines. Use the Thesis and Dissertation Formatting as a tool. Attend the Formatting Workshops (optional) held each semester. Contact your Graduation Specialist for a format check of your thesis draft. For more information call (414) 229-6569.
    2. Submit your final thesis by the posted submission deadline. Submission to the Graduate School must include:
      1. An electronic submission of the thesis to ProQuest. To submit your thesis, and for more information on the submission process, visit the UWM ETD Webpage.
      2. Thesis & Dissertation Approval and Publishing Options Form with an original signature from you and your major professor. Submit completed form to Mitchell Hall 261 by 4pm on the day of the submission deadline.

  5. The awarding of a degree is contingent upon the student’s successful completion of all program requirements prior to the last day of the term. This includes requirements for Incompletes. If coursework or other requirements are not completed by the last day of the term, the student is no longer eligible for graduation for that term and must notify the Graduate School.

  6. Obtain commencement information from the Secretary of the University Website, or contact them directly:, (414) 229-4163. Ceremonies are optional and are held in May and December; August graduates are invited to the December ceremony. You can order graduation regalia on the Web site as well.

    If you want your name to appear in the commencement bulletin, be sure that your directory information with the University is not restricted. If you restricted the release of your address, phone number, and other limited information, contact the Department of Enrollment Services Information Center, Mellencamp 274. This should be done by the second week of the semester in which you expect to graduate to ensure that your name will appear in the bulletin.

    Removal of the restriction will allow your directory information to be released for all publicity purposes, as well as the commencement booklet.

Graduation Review and Approval

The Graduate School does an initial review of your records to check the required minimum standards and forwards it to your graduate program to ensure that all requirements will be met by the last day of the term. The graduate program reviews and signs your application, and returns it to the Graduate School for processing. Contact your program if you have questions about the requirements. If you will not finish by the last day of the term, you must contact the Graduate School; the graduation application does not carry forward to the next term.

You cannot graduate with Incomplete, Not Reported, or In Progress notations remaining on your record. Graduate School minimum graduation GPA requirement is a cumulative 3.000 (4.0 basis).The Graduate School has the final authorization to grant the degree.


Your name will appear on your diploma as it appears on your UWM transcript. Please review your transcript and make any necessary name changes in Mellencamp 274 at least one month prior to the conferral date. Diplomas will be sent to the mailing address listed in PAWS approximately 8 to 10 weeks after the conferral date. The conferral date is listed in the registrar’s calendar.


If you have a hold on your record, you must clear it before your transcript and diploma will be released. Once your hold is removed, you must contact the Registrar’s Office- Graduation Processing, in Mellencamp 290, or call (414) 229-6571 to arrange mailing or pick-up of your diploma.