University of Wisconsin–Madison

Graduation

To receive a master’s degree, students contact their program coordinator at the beginning of the term in which they intend to graduate. The program coordinator will check that they have met program requirements and will request a warrant from the Graduate School on the student’s behalf. Students need to be enrolled for a minimum of 2 credits (graded courses taken at 300 or above; audits and pass/fails do not satisfy this requirement) during the term in which they intend to graduate. For more information and deadlines visit the Graduate School’s Expecting Your Masters Degree webpage.

Doctoral candidates’ major programs should request a final doctoral warrant at least 3 weeks before the anticipated date of their final dissertation defense. Doctoral candidates must be enrolled during the term in which they intend to defend or graduate. For more information and deadlines visit the Graduate School’s Guide to Preparing Your Doctoral Dissertation.

See Certification of Graduation (or ‘Degree Completion Letter’)CommencementDeadlinesDegree Completion FeeDegree Conferral/Payroll End DatesDiplomaDissertationFinal Oral Examination (Defense)