Resources for Current Students

General Resources

Degree Application (Graduation)

The University’s programs vary in pace and individualization. As a result, graduate students who are entering their expected final term of study for a degree must submit a degree award application to become a degree candidate. 

UAlbany uses degree award applications to audit students’ academic records to ensure degree clearance, order diplomas and identify students for Commencement purposes. 

You should submit a degree award application on MyUAlbany at the beginning of the semester in which you anticipate graduating. 

To participate in Commencement ceremonies and events, your degree award application must be received within the submission window detailed on the Academic Calendar

Please review the Graduate Bulletin's Degree Application Policies and the Registrar’s Degree Application page for more information. 

Note: Some academic departments require students to complete their program in a specific allotted time. The University statute of limitations policy for all other programs is as follows: 

  • Certificate programs: Six years 
  • Master’s programs: Six years 
  • Doctoral programs: Eight years 

Workshops & Events  

Note: Please visit our Dissertation & Thesis page to register for virtual help sessions with the Graduate School and University Libraries.

Information for Admitted Students
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Use these instructions and resources to transition smoothly into graduate school.

Dissertation & Thesis Information
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Attend a help session. Access resources and templates. Review submission instructions and other guidance.

Withdrawals, Leaves of Absence & Readmission
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Learn about withdrawal and leave of absence options. Return to your studies.

Supplemental Degree Programs
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Earn additional subordinate degrees related to your academic program without re-completing the full admissions process.

Three Minute Thesis
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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia.

Graduate Student Ombuds
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An ombudsperson provides independent, informal and non-partisan counsel to graduate students.