Graduation and Degree Award Application
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
Supplemental Program Applications
Graduate students may be eligible to earn subordinate degrees within their disciplines. For example, students pursuing doctoral programs can also pursue master's degrees within their department.
To activate a subordinate degree program, students need to submit a request in one of two ways:
There is a $20 fee associated with a supplemental program application. Students will receive a confirmation email once their application is processed.
Note: The supplemental program application can only be submitted for subordinate degrees within your department. You must submit a standard Graduate School application for programs outside of your department.
Please review the Graduate Bulletin to determine if your discipline offers subordinate degrees within your department.