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Degree completion steps

Degree completion steps are requirements that you need to complete as part of your degree progress. Your graduate program may have additional requirements and program-specific timelines. If your degree program is not listed, visit your program office or website to obtain detailed information about graduation and graduation dates. 

Requirements by degree

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Master’s degrees

Specialist Certificate in Educational Psychology

Doctoral degrees

Students in professional master’s (e.g., MEd, MPH, MPS) or professional doctoral (e.g., DNP, OTD) degrees should contact their program for more information about degree completion requirements and deadlines. These degree completion steps do not apply to the following programs: JD, MD, PharmD, DVM, DDS, LLM, and MBA (Twin Cities). Contact your program for information about your degree completion steps.

Active status

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.

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.

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