Graduation Requirements, Graduate Programs — SGCS
Additional specific program requirements for graduation can be found in the section of this Chapter relating to that program.
- Grade Point Requirements: All master’s degree candidates must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. All doctoral candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
- Thesis/Scholarly Paper: Where appropriate, the candidate submits copies of a thesis or other scholarly paper meeting standards outlined in “Guidelines for Preparation of Thesis” or “Other Scholarly Option Paper” (available in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies office). This paper is submitted after any required written or oral examination relative to the thesis or other scholarly paper is complete. The deadline for submission is December 15 for January conferral of degree, April 15 for May conferral of degree, and August 1 for August conferral of degree. Theses must be on file in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies office with a minimum grade of B-, unless otherwise stated.
- Degree candidates are required to file an “Intent to Graduate” form, which is provided to prospective graduates by the program specialist. This form must be received at least two months prior to the expected date of graduation for January and May conferrals, and six months before August conferral.
- Payment of all tuition and fees (including graduation fee).
Graduate learners may participate in Commencement as August graduates only if they are within 6 hours of graduation before the May ceremony, and have filed a plan of studies with the Associate Registrar - SGCS by April 1.
Degree candidates are expected to meet the requirements for graduation in effect at the time of initial enrollment, assuming they complete the degree within the normal program cycle (or within one year of completion of program cycle).
In cases where a learner’s years of enrollment at Olivet exceed specified time limitations, the learner is expected to meet the requirements of the Catalog in effect for the academic year in which he or she graduates.
Note: Only one graduate degree is conferred in a given Commencement exercise.