Graduation Requirements & Deadlines

The Graduate School has a set of requirements for each degree that must be submitted to our office in order to have your degree conferred. Let us help you on your journey to graduation.

Reminders for Operating Remotely

  • Your dissertation or thesis defense taking place this summer should be conducted remotely by being available to relevant students and faculty via an online meeting tool such as WebEx, Zoom or Skype.
  • The M-form is fillable, accepts electronic signatures and should be emailed to the Graduate School at grad@buffalo.edu. M-forms with original signatures can be photographed and emailed; or if need be, along with the M-form, committee members can email their approval to grad@buffalo.edu from their UB email account.

Graduation Requirement Due Dates

For degree conferral on:

Aug. 31, 2020 Feb. 1, 2021 June 1, 2021

Application to candidacy due:

July 1, 2020 Oct. 1, 2020 March 1, 2021

All required conferral materials due:

Aug. 14, 2020 Jan. 15, 2021 May 14, 2021

Requirements by Degree Type

For each degree type, there are specific requirements that must be submitted to the Graduate School, prior to set deadlines, in order to have your degree conferred. Find your degree below to determine what requirements you must submit.

Doctor of Audiology (AUD)

The following items are required for conferral of an AUD degree:

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The following items are required for conferral of a DNP degree:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please review the Doctoral Degree Checklist for Graduation. The following items are required for conferral of a PhD degree:

Master's Degree

All students in master’s and advanced certificate programs must apply for graduation in HUB by the deadline listed below in order to become a candidate for degree conferral. Please refer to the step-by-step guide on applying for graduation in HUB.

Graduation Term
Application Deadline
Conferral Date
Fall Oct. 15 Feb. 1
Spring Feb. 22 June 1
Summer July 15
Aug. 31

Students completing an exam, paper, project or portfolio: Your department must complete the appropriate culminating experience milestone in HUB.

Students completing a thesis: Submit completed M-Form for Master's Degrees With Thesis and All PhD Degrees and electronic submission of your thesis. Please see our Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines page for submission instructions.

Other Degrees (DDS, DPT, EdD, EdM, JD, MBA, MD, MSW and PharmD)

The Graduate School does not handle your degree conferral. Please contact your academic department for the details about your graduation requirements.