Applying for Degree

Graduate students must file an application for the doctorate, master's or education specialist degree before his or her name will be placed on the list of graduates. In order to apply for degree, graduate students must submit an online application at or in the Graduate School, 701 Ginger Hall. Students will receive an email in their MSU account within 72 business hours.

Applications for spring and summer terms must be completed by March 15 and applications for fall and winter terms must be completed by October 15, in order to avoid a late fee, reserve your seat at commencement, and have your name printed in the commencement program. 

Commencement is observed two times during the academic year. Ceremonies are held at the end of the fall and spring terms. For additional information regarding graduation and commencement, visit or contact the Graduate School at 606-783-2039.