Master's Graduation Checklist Spring 2024

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 Spring 2024 is January 23, 2024 (please note that a late registration fee may apply).

Complete the following steps:

  1. By February 15th: File a Graduation Intent through the PatriotWeb system.
  2. Update your current mailing address, phone number, and email address at Patriot Web.
  3. Ensure all "IP" (In Progress) and "IN" (Incomplete) grades are resolved by the end of the semester

For those students completing theses:

  1. By April 19th: 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 Formatting guidelines and submission information are available online.
  2. Select a defense date with your committee.
  3. The due date for thesis submission to Fenwick Library is Friday, April 26, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. Theses submitted after this date will qualify for August 2024 degree conferral.
    • Electronic submission of the thesis

      • One PDF file of the entire thesis.
      • One signature sheet signed (in black ink)  by your committee and department chairperson must be submitted to University Thesis and Dissertation Services along with your thesis.
      • 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 insuring 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 May 2024, you will need to file a new intent to graduate for August 2024.  See graduation timelines on the Registrar's website at

Please contact the CHSS Office of Graduate Academic Affairs at 703.993.8864 or if you have any questions or need assistance.