Graduation Requirements (Graduate)

Before the beginning of the term in which a degree is expected, students should meet with their advisers to make sure that all course requirements are being met. A student’s degree program coordinator is responsible for certifying that the student has met all of the academic requirements for graduation.

No student may receive a degree until all I and IP grades have been cleared and the student is in good standing with at least a 3.00 grade point average in the graduate level credits earned in the degree program and in the emphasis area.

Also, all financial obligations to the University must be cleared by the Accounting Office before students may be issued diplomas and final transcripts of their academic records.

Application for Graduation

Students must file applications for graduation and a diploma with the Graduate Studies Office within the first two weeks of the semester or the first week of the summer session in which they plan to graduate. An application for graduation also serves as an application for the comprehensive examination. Forms are available at

A graduation fee must be paid no later than one month before the date of graduation regardless of whether or not students attend the voluntary commencement ceremony. The fee is added to the student accounts. The fee is published in the current schedule of classes. If a student fails to graduate during the intended term, a new application form for graduation must be filed in the subsequent term, although the graduation fee does not have to be paid again. An exit survey is required of all students completing a degree program.

Minimum Degree Credit Requirements to Graduate

All graduate degree programs at UW-Whitewater require at least 30 graduate units distributed according to the requirements of the individual programs. The minimum unit requirements and unit distribution for specific degree programs are stated in this catalog under program descriptions.

At least half of the graduate work in a degree program and at least half of the work in an emphasis within the program must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher. In addition, a grade point average of at least 3.00 (B) overall in the graduate work taken toward the degree, as well as in all the graduate work taken in the student’s emphasis, is required for graduation.

Second Degree/Emphasis Policy

Students may not receive a master's degree from a degree program in which they already hold a master's degree, although they may complete a second emphasis within a degree program.