In addition to meeting the academic requirements of your degree, there are a number of administrative steps that you must follow in order to receive your degree. These steps must be completed in a specific order, and access to the next step is contingent on completion of the prior step. Your graduate program may have additional requirements and program-specific timelines for completion of each step.
Requirements by degree
All UMD master's and doctoral students must submit a Graduate Degree Plan (GDP). UMD programs do not yet use the GPAS system mentioned in the guides below. Students in the following UMD degree programs should contact their program for information about degree completion steps and deadlines: M Ed, MEEd, MEHS, MPS, MEng, MTAG, and MTRES. These programs follow some, but not all, of the steps indicated in the guides.
Students in all other UMD graduate programs should refer to the guide for their degree type linked below to learn about the required steps and to access the forms needed for degree completion (reviewers' report form, final exam form, signature page & deposit agreement). The graduation packet is retired effective September 1, 2021, and links to the needed forms are now available in the degree completion guides below.
All graduate students are required to maintain active status by registering every fall and spring term until their degree is awarded. There may be a time when you need to register solely to meet the registration requirement and avoid inactive status. Special registration categories are options for keeping your graduate student status active.
Time limit for degree completion
Master’s students have five calendar years to complete a degree according to the master’s degree: performance standards and progress policy.
- Doctoral students have eight calendar years to complete a degree according to the doctoral degree: performance standards and progress policy.
Students admitted prior to spring 2013 adhere to a different set of policies. Please contact your graduate program, the UMD Graduate Office, or GSSP for more information.
If you need additional time for your degree, please consult with your program about submitting a Doctoral or Master's Request for Extension to the Maximum Time Limit form.