Degrees are conferred on August 31st, December 31st and at the formal Commencement exercise in May. All students completing their degrees are invited to participate and will receive information regarding the Commencement ceremony. Attendance at Commencement is not mandatory. All program requirements must be met before a graduate degree can be conferred.
Notification of Expected Completion of Degree Requirements
The student is responsible for notifying the Graduate Studies Office of his or her expected date for completion of degree requirements. The Notification of Degree Completion form is available online on our Graduate Forms page. Forms also are available in the Registrar’s Office (Taylor Hall, Room 103).
Fulfillment of Degree Requirements
Students should work with their faculty adviser and program director to ensure that they are making appropriate progress toward their degree. Procedures have been developed to check progress toward the degree. However, it is the student’s responsibility to know the requirements for his or her degree and to fulfill them.
In addition to, or independent of, a master’s degree, students may prepare for teacher certification granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. See our Teacher Certification page for more information.
Degree Completion for Cohort/Full-Time Graduate Programs
Doctor of Education — three years plus extension for dissertation
Doctor of Physical Therapy— two and one half years
Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution— two years; three years for part-time track
Master of Medical Science (Physician Assistant)— two years; three years for dual degree and three-year track
Master of Science in Forensic Science— two years; three years for part-time track
Degree Completion for Graduate Programs with Rolling Admission Six years from the first enrollment in coursework relating to the degree:
Certificate of Advanced Study (post masters')
Master of Arts in Counseling
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Master of Arts in Education
Master of Arts in English
Master of Education
Master of Public Health
Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy
In all of the above programs, students may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis; if they do not want to pursue a degree or certification, they may request permission to enroll as Special Status students.