Master's Graduation Checklist Fall 2022

The following checklist will help to guide you through the process of completing the requirements for degree conferral. You should refer to the graduation information on the Registrar's website and maintain contact with your thesis committee and Graduate Program Director throughout the semester for information and any changes in deadlines.

You must be registered during the semester in which you intend to graduate. For those students completing a thesis, you must be registered for at least 1 credit of 799. The last day to register for fall 2022 is August 29, 2022 (please note that a late registration fee may apply).

Complete the following steps:

  1. By September 30th: File a Graduation Intent through the PatriotWeb system.
  2. Update your current mailing address, phone number, and email address at Patriot Web.
  3. Insure all "IP" (In Progress) and "IN" (Incomplete) grades are resolved by the end of the semester

For those students completing theses:

  1. By November 28th at 5:00 PM: Students completing theses are required to submit their documents for a format review to Sally Evans, the Dissertation and Thesis Coordinator in Fenwick library. She can be reached at  udts@gmu.edu. Formatting guidelines and submission information are available online.
  2. Select a defense date with your committee.
  3. To ensure proper formatting of the signature page, e-mail a copy of your thesis signature page to the CHSS Office of Graduate Academic Affairs at chssgradstudent@gmu.edu.  That office will review the formatting and inform you of any necessary changes (which should be made prior to your defense and the attainment of any committee member signatures).
  4. The due date for thesis submission to Fenwick Library is Friday, December 2, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. Theses submitted after this date will qualify for spring 2023 degree conferral.

    • Electronic submission of the thesis
      • Email a PDF of your final thesis to udts@gmu.edu.
      • One signature sheet signed (in black ink)  by your committee, department chairperson, and the CHSS Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs must be submitted to University Thesis and Dissertation Services along with your thesis. 
      • Once you have obtained the signatures of your committee and departmental administrators, submit your signed signature sheet  and Embargo Request Form to the CHSS Office of Graduate Academic Affairs (chssgradstudent@gmu.edu).
      • Mason has installed an Embargo Policy. With its addition, students will have the option to make their work in MARS available immediately or to delay its availability for 2 years, 5 years, or 10 years.  Students who wish to embargo their documents will need to obtain signed, written permission from the chairs of their committees and the graduate deans of their colleges/schools. The Embargo Request Form will be submitted to UDTS at the time of Final Submission. We cannot embargo any work without signatures from both the committee chair and the dean.

      *It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all required approvals are obtained by the submission deadline and that required paperwork is included with the dissertation submission. The student is solely responsible for ensuring that all necessary materials are submitted to the University Library by the submission deadline.

If you are unable to finish your degree requirements in time to graduate in December 2022, you will need to file a new intent to graduate for May 2023. See graduation timelines in the Registrar's website.

Please contact the CHSS Office of Graduate Academic Affairs at chssgradstudent@gmu.edu if you have any questions or need assistance.