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Master's Degree Checklist

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Master's Degree Checklist

This checklist is intended to guide students in the final stages of degree completion.  To be considered a degree candidate in any given semester, all degree requirements must be fulfilled and required documentation submitted no later than the University-wide Application for Graduation deadline. 

The University has also established an early degree completion deadline that some students may wish to take advantage of.  If a student meets all departmental and University requirements by this deadline, and was enrolled during the previous semester, he or she is not required to enroll for the current semester.  This deadline falls approximately two weeks after the start of the Fall and Spring semesters, one week after the start of the Summer session. 

To qualify for a Fall 2020 degree, all requirements must be completed by the Fall 2020 Graduate Application for Graduation Deadline, Friday, December 18th.  Graduate students who complete all requirements on the list below by Tuesday, September 8th are not required to enroll for the Fall 2020 semester.


Non-Thesis or Final Project Option:

⇒Apply for Graduation (AFG)

⇒Consult with your department/advisor

  • Confirm that all academic requirements for the degree have been met, and that they have submitted your final exam outcome online (PtD form).

Thesis Option:

⇒Apply for Graduation (AFG)

⇒Electronic Thesis Submission

⇒Title page and Acceptance page with signatures

  • Title page requires a majority of committee members’ signatures. Please see our video tutorial with instructions for collecting electronic signatures using Adobe Sign. 
  • Acceptance page requires only committee chairperson’s signature.
  • These pages must comply with the formatting guidelines. Please see the following links for templates».
  • Scan and submit signed pages via email to  Original/paper copies are not required. 

⇒ETD Release Form submitted

  • Please review and sign the KU Electronic Thesis and Dissertaton (ETD) Release Form.  There is also a separate Creative Writing ETD Release Form for reserved for students completing a program of study in creative writing.  
  • COGA provides the School/College signatures at the bottom of page one.  Please leave those lines blank.
  • The title of your this as written on this form must match exactly the final title of the electronic thesis submission.
  • If you need to place an embargo on your dissertation, you must also obtain the signature of your department's Director of Graduate studies, Chairperson, or your committee chair on the bottom of page two.
  • Scan and submit both pages of signed document via email to  An original or paper copy is not required. 
  • For questions about how to complete the ETD Release form and for additional information about embargos and copyright, please refer to COGA's ETD Form FAQs sheet and the KU Libraries' Copyright for Theses and Dissertations Resources page.

⇒Consult with your department/advisor

  • Confirm that all academic requirements for the degree have been met, and that they have submitted your final exam/defense outcome online (PTD form).

⇒Fees paid to UMI/ProQuest (optional)