Students must meet all requirements listed below for graduation.

Degree Conferral Requirement

In order for a student’s degree to be conferred, the student must complete all degree coursework and requirements, have a minimum 3.00 GPA, and meet the degree conferral application deadline for the quarter in which he or she wants the degree to be conferred.

Doctorate Requirements to Participate in Graduation Ceremony

Upon successful completion of all requirements (courses, papers/dissertation), an Ed.D. degree is earned. In order to have your degree conferral (granting) process started, students must apply online to formally indicate their intention to graduate. DePaul confers degrees at multiple points during the year, always at the close of terms. Students apply for degree conferral through Campus Connection. Students must submit a separate application to participate in the June graduation ceremony.

To participate in the graduation ceremony in the spring, a doctoral student must complete all required degree coursework, including the successful defense of his or her thesis, by the end of the Spring quarter preceding the ceremony and have applied for graduation before the designated deadline.

Master's Graduation Requirements

To participate in the graduation ceremony in the spring, a graduate student must complete all required degree coursework by the end of the spring quarter preceding the ceremony or have only one course outstanding, which must be completed prior to the end of the Fall quarter following the ceremony. The student must have also applied for graduation before the designated deadline.

Graduating with Distinction

Each COE program establishes its own criteria for graduating with distinction.

Bilingual Bicultural Program

  • M.Ed. 4.0 GPA
  • M.A. 4.0 GPA, with distinction on thesis paper (Distinction Committee)

Counseling Programs

  • M.Ed. 4.0 GPA
  • M.A. 4.0 GPA

Curriculum Studies Program

  • M.Ed. 4.0 GPA
  • M.A. 4.0 GPA, with distinction on thesis paper (Distinction Committee)

Dual Certification Program

  • M.Ed. 4.0 GPA or possible revision based on T&L policy
  • M.A. 4.0 GPA or possible revision based on T&L policy

Educational Leadership Program

  • M.Ed. 4.0 GPA
  • M.A. 4.0 GPA, with distinction on thesis paper (Distinction Committee)

Literacy and Specialized Instruction Program

  • M.Ed. 4.0 GPA or possible revision based on program policy
  • M.A. 4.0 GPA or possible revision based on program policy

Middle School Math Program

  • M.S. 4.0 GPA

Reading Specialist Program

  • M.Ed. 4.0 GPA or possible revision based on program policy
  • M.A. 4.0 GPA or possible revision based on program policy

Social and Cultural Foundations in Education Program

  • M.A. Distinction based on recommendation for distinction from the student’s thesis committee and approval from the Thesis Review Committee. Students graduating with an M.Ed. are not eligible for distinction.

TEACH Program

  • M.Ed. 4.0 GPA

Teaching and Learning Program

  • M.Ed. 4.0 GPA
  • M.A. 4.0 GPA, with distinction on thesis paper (Distinction Committee)

Doctoral Degree Program (Ed.D.)

The Successful completion of a dissertation distinguishes those students at this highest level of their educational careers. The doctoral program does not offer a formal distinction beyond this accomplishment.

Honors at Commencement Ceremony

Honors announced and listed at the Spring Commencement ceremony are based on the cumulative GPA of the end of the Winter quarter prior to the Spring Commencement ceremony.   The final determination for qualifying for honors is made at the time the individual is awarded the degree, regardless of the announcement or listing at the ceremony.  The official designation for honors will be noted on student’s transcripts and diploma.

Seven-Year Limit on Studies

Graduate students have seven years from the date of matriculation to complete program degree requirements. Graduate students may apply for a one-year extension. If a graduate student does not complete his or her degree program requirements within eight years after matriculation, he or she will need to re-apply to the degree program, upon which he or she will have his or her coursework re-evaluated and be subject to any degree program changes or new program requirements.

Doctoral Program Ten-Year Limit on Studies

Students have ten years to complete the doctoral program, beginning with the first quarter of admission. (If students deferred admission, the first quarter of attendance starts the ten-year clock.) For example, for a student who begins in Fall 2012, the program must be completed by Spring 2022. For students approaching this time limit, an application for extension must be submitted to the program office. This should be done no later than the fall of the tenth year, although earlier is preferable. The extension application includes the Request for Extension form, a letter from the student explaining a rationale for his/her request, and a letter of support from his/her dissertation chair.