Graduate Studies

Frequently Asked Questions - Graduation


I am almost finished with my degree. Is there any paperwork I need to do?

Complete an Application for Graduation and an Alumni Register form. Send these forms to the School of Graduate Studies by March 10 (spring semester), June 10 (summer term), or October 10 (fall semester).

When do I need to apply for graduation?

Before March 10 (spring semester), June 10 (summer term), or October 10 (fall semester)

When is the last day to finish all requirements for the degree?

The last day of the final semester.

I was told I have outdated coursework. How can this be?

You have six years to finish your master’s degree before coursework becomes outdated. As an example, courses taken FALL 2001 are outdated after the SUMMER 2007 semester. If you have outdated courses, you must contact the department offering the course to begin the revalidation process.

What about transfer work? I have a course that falls outside the six-year time limit.

You must contact the instructor where the course was taken and begin the process of revalidation.

I finished my degree but it was not conferred. What happened?

Your degree may not have been conferred because of one or more of the following:

    1. You have incomplete coursework from or after Fall 2006. A degree cannot be earned until the incomplete is changed to a letter grade or removed.
    2. Your GPA fell below 3.0. You will need to take graduate-level courses at WIU until you meet this requirement.
    3. You exceeded the C limit and have been removed from the program.
    4. You have not completed your internship which is part of your degree requirements.
    5. An official transcript was not received by the semester deadline for transfer work to be accepted.
    6. Your thesis was not submitted by the Friday before finals week.

I applied for graduation two semesters ago but received a letter that I have to apply again. Why do I have to do another Application for Graduation?

Students move around quite a bit and we want to make sure we have your current information.