Checklist for Degree Completion:
- Enroll for graduate credit.
- Apply for graduation in PAWS.
- Follow deadlines for format review, defense, and thesis submission (formal thesis only).
- Submit Thesis & Dissertation Approval and Publishing Options form (formal thesis only).
- Complete departmental degree requirements.
Here are steps to follow for the semester you expect to graduate:
- 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 fees and receive a grade of S.
*International students must maintain full-time status—contact ISSS for registration requirements if you have any questions.
- Apply in PAWS for graduation by the posted deadline for the semester in which you intend to complete your degree requirements.
The graduation application is required for us to process your degree completion and order your diploma; it is not for the graduation (commencement) ceremony.
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.
Applications do not carry forward; you must re-apply if you did not graduate in the semester you anticipated.
You may be eligible to graduate in the next semester without enrolling, if you complete all requirements by the Window deadlines.
Contact email@example.com to determine eligibility or if you plan to use this deadline.
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.
- Students submitting a Formal Thesis:
- 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 Fall and Spring semester. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a format check of your thesis draft.
- Submit your final thesis by the posted submission deadline. Submission to the Graduate School must include:
- 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.
- Thesis & Dissertation Approval and Publishing Options Form (PDF) with an original signature from you and your major professor. Submit completed form to Mitchell Hall 261 by 4 p.m. on the day of the submission deadline.
- 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 at email@example.com.
Graduation Review and Approval
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.