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Degree completion steps

Degree completion steps are requirements that you need to complete as part of your degree progress. You will either use the Graduate Planning and Audit System (GPAS) or the Graduate Degree Plan (GDP) form. Your program may have additional requirements. If your degree program is not listed, visit your program office or website to obtain detailed information about graduation and graduation dates.

Note that all graduate students are required to maintain active status by registering every fall and spring term. There may be a time when you need to register solely to meet your registration requirements and avoid inactive status. Special registration categories are options to help you remain active.

Graduate Planning and Audit System (GPAS) students

The Graduate Planning and Audit System (GPAS) tracks your degree completion steps completely online. Click on the appropriate career below to see if you are a GPAS user. If you are not a GPAS user, please view the GDP section. To add or remove a graduate minor, you will need to submit a request form. 


These GPAS degree completion steps are for the following students:

CollegeYear of admission
CBSFall 2016 and later
CCESpring 2015 and later
CDESFall 2016 and later
CEHDSpring 2013 and later
CFANSFall 2014 and later
CSOMFall 2014 and later
CVMFall 2015 and later
School of DentistryFall 2017 and later
School of NursingFall 2017 and later

These GPAS degree completion steps are for the following students:

CollegeYear of admission
CBSFall 2016 and later
CDESFall 2016 and later
CEHDSpring 2013 and later
CFANSFall 2014 and later
CSOMFall 2014 and later
CVMFall 2015 and later
LAWFall 2017 and later
School of DentistryFall 2017 and later
School of NursingFall 2017 and later

These GPAS degree completion steps are for the following students:

CollegeYear of admission
CCESpring 2015 and later
CEHDSpring 2013 and later
School of NursingFall 2017 and later

Graduate Degree Plan (GDP) students

All students follow the Gradaute Degree Plan degree completion steps, unless you fall into the GPAS categories above. You must submit your Graduate Degree Plan form at least one semester prior to your anticipated graduation. To update your degree plan, please complete the graduate student petition form

If you have questions about your degree completion steps or are unsure if you are a GPAS or GDP student, please contact GSSP

Years to degree completion

Students admitted prior to spring 2013 adhere to a different set of policies. Please contact your graduate program or GSSP for more information.

If you need additional time for your degree, please complete the Doctoral or Master's Request for Extension to the Maximum Time Limit form.