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Meeting Degree Requirements

You must successfully complete all of the general and specific degree requirements as listed in departmental or program sections of the catalog under which you were admitted. All requirements must be completed by the grading deadline of the degree conferral quarter.

Earning Degrees with Distinction

Requirements for earning a degree with distinction vary by program. Unless otherwise indicated, the minimum cumulative grade point average for distinction is 3.75. Additional criteria need to be met in many programs, such as passing a comprehensive examination or writing a thesis with distinction. Refer to your program information for any differing or specific requirements on minimum grade point average or additional criteria.

Degree Conferral

Applying for degree conferral requires the anticipated completion by the stated deadline of all program requirements including completion of all course work plus any of the following that apply: program standards, field experiences, thesis and/or dissertation requirements, qualifying or comprehensive exams, language proficiency, and the minimum GPA requirement for graduation. Submitting the on-line degree conferral application does not guarantee the conferral (granting) of a degree from DePaul University. Degree requirements are reviewed at the end of the expected completion term indicated.

In order to have your degree conferred, you may not have any outstanding incomplete grades, transfer credit, grade changes, substitutes, or waivers. All exams must be completed and graded, and theses/dissertations or other capstone projects must be graded and submitted. Failure to have these items complete by the end of degree conferral term will prompt the Graduate Office to deny degree conferral. If you wish to postpone your degree conferral or are ineligible to graduate, you must reapply.

If you meet all requirements, your degree will be conferred within 30 days of the end of the term. Diplomas are mailed to graduates without financial holds, by the Student Records Office, generally within 45-60 days after the end of the term.

DePaul reports degree information to the National Student Clearinghouse monthly. Many companies and agencies use this service to verify awarded degrees. Your degree will only be verified by the Clearinghouse if your privacy settings in Campus Connection indicate this as releasable information at the time your degree is conferred. Please verify your privacy settings before the end of your completion term.


The graduation ceremony is symbolic. It is held in June of each year. June and August degree audits occur after the ceremony, therefore these candidates may not be accurately recognized as having earned a degree. Likewise, graduation with distinction may not be able to be announced at the ceremony, but will appear on the transcript and diploma.

Deadlines for Degree Conferral and Commencement Participation

The University confers graduate degrees four times per year, after the autumn, winter, spring, and summer terms. The deadlines for applying for degree conferral are October 1, January 15, and July 15 respectively.  The deadline for applying for the June commencement ceremony is February 1 of that academic year. (There is only one commencement, i.e., graduation, ceremony per year, and all students whose degrees are earned in that academic year are encouraged to participate.)