For Undergraduates and Graduate Students
All students are required to complete a graduation application well in advance of their projected graduation date. This lead time is needed to process applications, validate completion of requirements, and advise students of any deficiencies. Additional information about graduation is available at the CSU Graduation Office’s website. Post-Baccalaureate students do not receive degrees and do not need to apply for graduation.
Undergraduate students with more than 87 hours and a declared major and graduate students with a 15 hours will have the 'Apply to Graduate' button available to them on the 'Graduation' tab in CampusNet. Once a student applies online, the $40 graduation application fee is charged to the student account and the review process begins.
Follow these steps to submit a graduation application:
1) Review your Grad Express Degree Audit and meet with your academic advisor to ensure that you are on track to graduate within two semesters.
2) Click on the Graduation tab in CampusNet
3) Read through the checklist and check off each box to confirm that you completed the following:
- Consulted with an academic advisor
- Reviewed your Grad Express Degree Audit report
- Checked that your name and address information is correct
- Checked that your major/minor/program information is correct
4) Click the Apply to Graduate button
5) Select the graduation term and click Continue
After submitting a graduation application students will be able to view the status of his/her graduation application through the Graduation tab, under the Application Tracking feature, in CampusNet.
Additional Graduation Information
Questions about the application process and graduation can be answered at the ESSC Office at 216-687-4625.
Master's degree students must pass a comprehensive examination or successfully complete a master's thesis or project. You should work with your faculty advisor on your selected option.
The comprehensive exam is given each semester, including Summer. Please see dates on our homepage.
To be eligible to take the comprehensive exam:
- You must have an approved Program of Study
- You must have submitted a Graduation Application online in CampusNet
- You must be registered for one or more graduate credits during the semester of the exam
- You must have degree-seeking status to apply for graduation.
If you have completed all course work, and you are not registered for other courses, you can register for one of the appropriate one credit hour courses for the semester of your exam:
- EDB 691 Curriculum and Foundation, CASAL
- EST 691 Teacher Education
- HPR 691 Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding the exam process.
Guidelines to complete the project:
- Students must be registered for at least one project credit in the term it is completed. Please refer to your program of study for the appropriate course number for your project.
- Prior to registration a faculty committee must be established, and the project proposal form must be submitted to the ESSC (JH 170). Please click here for the project proposal form and additional guidelines.
- The deadline for submission of the final project is the last day of classes for that term.
- Please click here for additional guidelines on submitting the final project and a sample cover sheet.
Guidelines to complete the thesis:
- Students must be registered for thesis credit the semester they plan to graduate. Please refer to your program of study for the appropriate course number.
- Prior to registration a faculty commitee must be established and the thesis proposal form submitted. Please click here for the thesis proposal form.
- The deadline for submission of the final thesis is the last day of classes for that term.
- Please click here for a sample thesis approval page and instructions for submitting final approval of thesis.
- Please visit the College of Graduate Studies' Thesis and Dissertation page for additional guidelines.