You made it! Below is a checklist to help guide you through the graduation process. The steps are simple, but they require active participation on your part. Carefully read and complete each step listed below and keep up with the process throughout the semester you plan to graduate.
Apply for graduation through your PAWS account at paws.gsu.edu. Instructions and information can be found on the Office of the Registrar website at registrar.gsu.edu/graduation. You must apply for graduation TWO SEMESTERS in advance.
If you intended to graduate a previous semester and were unable to do so or if you know you will not graduate the semester for which you already applied should, please complete a Graduation Change Request Form and notify your advisor in the Office of Graduate Services.
Check your Degree Works audit to ensure that you are on track to graduate, as it is the definitive record for graduation clearance. All course blocks should be satisfied. This also includes any transfer credit from another institution, as well as any approved course substitutions. If you notice any discrepancies, please contact your academic advisor in the Office of Graduate Services.
If you have questions about your coursework, please contact your academic program advisor in your home department.
Your Degree Works audit will also reflect the completion of all required non-course milestones. All of these milestone forms, with the exception of the final Thesis/Dissertation/Non-Thesis Approval Form, should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Services no later than the midpoint of your final semester.
Details regarding which non-course milestones are required for your program and how to submit proof of completion to the Office of Graduate Services can be found on our Required Milestones page. Forms should be submitted to the Office of Graduates Services immediately upon completion.
If you have any questions about non-course milestones, please contact your advisor in the Office of Graduate Services.
Once you have successfully defended your final project, you must submit the appropriate final project approval form to the Office of Graduate Services. Once it has been processed, you will see this reflected on your Degreeworks audit. The process for obtaining and submitting your final project approval form can be found under the “Final Project Forms” section of our Required Milestones page.
Your thesis or dissertation should be formatted according to the College guidelines and submitted for review by the posted deadlines.Formatting guidelines can be found at at cas.gsu.edu/thesis-dissertation-formatting. Submission deadlines can be found at cas.gsu.edu/graduation-calendar-deadlines.
The College requires that all graduating master’s and doctoral students complete a brief exit survey. This survey will ask questions regarding your experience as a graduate student at Georgia State as well as your future plans. It is important to take the survey at the end of the semester, following the submission of your final project.
Additionally, all doctoral students are required to complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates.
The College Exit Survey and the Survey of Earned Doctorates are both found under the “Graduate Exit Surveys” section of our Required Milestones page.
Contact us for information on the application process. Program-specific inquiries should be directed to your college, school or institute of interest.