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Meeting Degree Requirements

You must successfully complete all of the degree requirements as listed in the college and departmental or program sections of the University 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 master's degree with distinction vary by program.  Unless otherwise indicated, the minimum cumulative grade point average for distinction for coursework applied toward a particular College graduate program is 3.75.  Additional or other criteria might need to be met in many programs, such as passing a comprehensive examination or writing a thesis with distinction. Refer to your Program Graduate Academic Student Handbook for any differing or specific requirements on minimum cumulative grade point average or additional criteria.

Degree Conferral

Applying for degree conferral requires the anticipated completion by the stated degree conferral deadline of all program requirements including: a) successfully completing all coursework, b) possible field experiences, c) final project, thesis, DNP project, or dissertation requirements - the College's associate director of graduate student services will arrange for the electronic archival of students' theses, DNP projects, and dissertations with the DePaul University Libraries, d) passing comprehensive or final exams, e) minimum number of credit hours to graduate, f) earning minimum cumulative GPA, and g) DePaul's receipt of undergraduate external transcript showing awarded degree. 

Degree conferral candidates must apply for degree conferral online via Campus Connect.  Submitting the online degree conferral application does not guarantee the conferral (granting) of a degree from DePaul University.  Degree requirements are audited at the end of the expected completion term indicated.

In order to have your degree conferred, you cannot have any outstanding incomplete or research grades, transfer credit, grade changes, or substitutions or waivers. All exams must be completed and graded; and final projects, theses, DNP projects, or dissertations must be graded and submitted. Failure to have these items complete by the end of the degree conferral term will prompt the College's Office of Advising and Student Services to revoke degree conferral candidacy. If you wish to postpone your degree conferral or are ineligible to graduate, you must reapply in Campus Connect for a subsequent term.

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 Office of the University Registrar, generally within 45-60 days after the end of the term.

DePaul reports degree information to the National Student Clearinghouse on a monthly basis.  Many companies, universities and colleges, 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.

Deadlines for Degree Conferral 

The University confers graduate degrees four times per academic year, after the autumn, winter, spring, and summer terms.  The deadlines for applying for quarterly degree conferral are as follows: 

Autumn degree conferral​ October 1​
Winter degree conferral ​ January 15​
Spring degree conferral​ February 1​
Summer degree conferral (August)​ July 15​

Survey of Earned Doctorates

Doctoral students are expected to complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED).  The SED is a federal agency survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago for the National Science Foundation and five other federal agencies (National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration).  The SED gathers information annually from approximately 48,000 new U.S. research doctorate graduates about their educational histories, funding sources, and post-doctoral plans. Each year the SED data are added to a larger historical record of doctorate-degree graduates, the Doctorate Records File (DRF). Begun in 1920, the DRF contains annual information used to track the number of graduates in various fields; the educational paths of scientists, engineers, and humanists; movement of graduates into the labor market; and similar information. 

The associate director of graduate student services in the Office of Advising and Student Services will email the SED link to graduating doctoral students for them to complete the survey.


Commencement is a symbolic celebration of your achievement.  One ceremony is held in June of each year.  June and August degree conferral audits occur after the ceremony.  Due to the timing of your final cumulative GPA calculation, graduation with distinction for June and August candidates may not be announced at the ceremony, but it might appear on the official transcript and diploma or vice versa.  The deadline for applying (RSVPing) for June Commencement is February 1st.