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Graduation Requirements

Below are program completion and graduation deadlines for graduate students enrolled in quarter programs. Semester program students should consult their individual program, college or school for graduation requirements and deadlines.

Graduate Program Completion & Graduation Deadlines 2019-2020

Summer Term 2019

  • Submit your Graduate Program Completion Form with all signatures and a copy of your ProQuest submission confirmation, if applicable, to the Graduate College by 4:00 PM EST Friday, September 27, 2019.

Fall Term 2019

  • Complete and submit an Application for Degree via DrexelOne by Monday, October 21, 2019.
  • Submit your Graduate Program Completion Form with all signatures and a copy of your ProQuest submission confirmation, if applicable, to the Graduate College by 4:00 PM EST Friday, January 10, 2020.

Winter Term 2020

  • Complete and submit an Application for Degree via DrexelOne by Monday, February 3, 2020.
  • Submit your Graduate Program Completion Form with all signatures and a copy of your ProQuest submission confirmation, if applicable, to the Graduate College by 4:00 PM EDT Friday, April 3, 2020.

Spring Term 2020

  • Complete and submit an Application for Degree via DrexelOne by Friday, April 24, 2020.
  • Submit your Graduate Program Completion Form with all signatures and a copy of your ProQuest submission confirmation, if applicable, to the Graduate College by 4:00 PM EDT Friday, June 26, 2020.

Summer Term 2020

  • Complete and submit an Application for Degree via DrexelOne by Monday, July 20, 2020.
  • Submit your Graduate Program Completion Form with all signatures and a copy of your ProQuest submission confirmation, if applicable, to the Graduate College by 4:00 PM EDT Friday, September 25, 2020.

For a copy of the Graduate Program Completion Form, visit the Forms page of the Graduate College website.

Graduation Requirements Checklist

The following graduation checklist is for graduate students enrolled in quarter programs. Graduate students should also contact their department for additional graduation deadlines and requirements. Semester program students should consult their individual program, College or School for graduation requirements and deadlines.

Step 1: Satisfy the Degree Requirements

In order to be considered a degree candidate, you must satisfy all academic degree and other requirements established by your program/department. Please consult your supervising professor(s) and graduate academic advisor about your degree requirements. Please also refer to the General Graduate Degree Requirements on the Policies page of the Graduate College website.

Step 2: Submit an Application for Degree

Submit an Application for Degree via your DrexelOne portal by the posted deadlines. You MUST submit an Application for Degree by the posted deadlines in order to be cleared for graduation and receive your diploma by mail.

Step 3: Resolve any Institutional Holds

Check your DrexelOne account for any institutional holds on your record. If so, please contact the appropriate office or your academic advisor to resolve any institutional holds.

Step 4: Resolve any Financial Holds

Check your DrexelOne account for any financial holds on your record. You will not receive your diploma or be able to request an official transcript with proof of degree until all holds are resolved. Please contact Drexel Central or the appropriate office to resolve any financial holds.

Step 5: RSVP for Commencement

Commencement occurs once per year in June following the spring quarter.* Students MUST submit an Application for Degree by the posted deadlines in order to receive information about Commencement. Eligible students will receive instructions to RSVP for Commencement via your DrexelOne account. Eligible students will include all those who have graduated since the prior Commencement ceremony, as well as those who have been approved to walkthrough. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend both their individual College or School ceremony and the University-wide Commencement ceremony.

*Commencement 2020 will not be held in June 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Class of 2020 graduates will be invited to attend Commencement 2021, including the individual College and School ceremonies. For the latest updates, including a list of virtual ceremonies, please visit the Commencement website.

Doctoral hooding takes place at each of the individual College and School ceremonies. Prior to Commencement, the Graduate College hosts a Doctoral Student Celebration to celebrate and honor our graduating doctoral candidates. Eligible students will receive an email invitation.

Please make arrangements with your supervising professor(s)/committee chair(s) to attend the individual College/School ceremony together. The Graduate College will also notify your supervising professor(s)/committee chair(s), who will also be acknowledged in the official program. If your supervising professor(s)/committee chair(s) is unable to attend the individual college/school ceremony, please identify a replacement from your committee to participate in the doctoral hooding on stage.

For a list of College/School Commencement ceremonies and for more information about Commencement, including dates, times, locations, parking, tickets, regalia, where to report, etc. please visit the Commencement website or call the Commencement Hotline at 1.800.2.DREXEL.

Diploma Information & Academic Records

See Diploma Information.

See also Academic Transcripts and Degree Verification.

Additional Graduation Requirements for Doctoral Candidates

(PHD, DBA, DCFT, DHSC, DNP, DPT, DRPH, EDD)

In addition to the checklist items outlined above, doctoral candidates are required to complete the following steps to program completion and graduation. Candidates should consult with their academic advisor, department chair(s) and/or supervising professor(s) about their degree requirements.

Registration Requirements

All doctoral students must be registered for at least one credit hour, either research or dissertation, in the term in which he/she plans to defend and/or graduate.

Required Doctoral (D) Forms

  1. Submit a D-4 Form: Doctoral Final Oral Defense Committee Appointment and Schedule
    You must file a D-4 Form [PDF] outlining the details of your final oral defense. This form must be completed and submitted to the Graduate College at least four weeks in advance of your defense date. The defense will be publicized on the Graduate College website upon receipt of the D-4 Form. Students should schedule their defense to allow for enough time to make any revisions following the oral defense and to resubmit for approval prior to the posted Graduate Program Completion Form deadlines.

  2. Submit a D-5 Form: Doctoral Report of Final Oral Defense
    You must file a D-5 Form [PDF] in order to be cleared for graduation. Signatures are to be obtained at the conclusion of your successful oral defense. Your supervising professor(s) or committee chair(s) must specify whether or not the results of the final oral defense were satisfactory. Once all signatures are obtained, the form must be submitted to the Graduate College by a member of your committee within 48 hours of your defense.

  3. Submit the Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form and Signature Page as Page 1 of your Thesis/Dissertation via ProQuest*
    The Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form and Signature Page [PDF] must be signed by all committee members upon review of your thesis/dissertation. After any/all changes have been made and approved by your supervising professor, you must submit your completed dissertation/thesis, including the Approval Form and Signature Page formatted as the first page of the single PDF document, electronically to ProQuest according to the guidelines on the Drexel University Libraries website. Please review the Thesis Manual [PDF] for more information about formatting and required documents. You should also consult with your academic department for any additional formatting requirements.

  4. Submit the Graduate Program Completion Form*
    This is the final step. In order to be cleared for graduation, the Graduate Program Completion Form [PDF] must be submitted to the Graduate College by deadlines posted above. In addition, the student MUST have an application for degree on file (see Step 2 in the Checklist above) If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Graduate College at graduatecollege@drexel.edu.

*Please note that students completing a Master's thesis may also be required to submit the Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form and Signature Page [PDF] and Graduate Program Completion Form [PDF] to the Graduate College. Please consult with your academic program for requirements.

    Required Doctoral Surveys

    Prior to or during submission of the Graduate Program Completion Form [PDF]
    Graduate Program Completion Form [PDF], doctoral candidates should complete and submit the following exit surveys which can also be found on the Graduate Forms page.