Post-baccalaureate & graduate certificate

Graduation requirements

Here is listed all the required paperwork for all Master's students.

For more details on the timelines for deadlines to submit these, please visit our dates and deadlines page.

Responsibility: You are responsible for meeting all requirements for graduation. Your Advancement to Candidacy must be received by the Graduate School the semester before you intend to graduate.

  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Licensure
    • You are not required to register for the semester within which you plan to graduate.
    • No Advancement to Candidacy required.

UAF issues diplomas to graduates three times each year: in September following the summer sessions, in January at the close of the fall semester, and in May at the end of the spring semester. All students who complete degree requirements during the academic year are invited to participate in the annual commencement ceremony at the end of spring semester.

Names of students receiving degrees appear in the commencement program and are released to the media unless a written request not to do so has been received by the graduation department. Students who do not want their names to be released may so indicate on the application for graduation form.

Graduates are responsible for ordering caps and gowns through the UAF bookstore in early spring. Master’s students also must order hoods; the color of the hood is determined by the graduate’s school or college. Doctoral students who attend the commencement ceremony will receive a doctoral hood on stage during the ceremony. 

Important deadlines

Graduation application deadlines
Graduating semester Priority deadline ($50 fee) Late deadline ($80 fee)
Fall October 15 November 15
Spring February 15 March 15
Summer July 15 No late deadline available
Graduating semester Thesis and thesis approval form upload deadline Other paperwork due
Fall November 28 December 15
Spring April 7 April 24
Summer August 1 August 15
*Thesis and Thesis approval form deadline to upload to ProQuest (must be routed through committee, department chair and dean of school/college for approval BEFORE being uploaded to ProQuest)