• February 1, 2021 degree: December 18, 2020 (December 4, 2020 to department)
  • May 14, 2021 degree: April 14, 2021 (March 31, 2021 to department)
  • September 1, 2021 degree: August 31, 2021 (August 17, 2021 to department)

Requirements for all candidates

  • Course work completed. Grades for courses being taken in the current semester will be reported at the end of the Final Examination Period.
  • Master’s Degree Eligibility Form must be completed and submitted to the academic department two weeks prior to the degree deadline to allow for departmental review. The student, department graduate program director, and department head/chair must sign the Eligibility Form.
  • Diploma Name and Home (Non-UMass) Email Address must be updated in SPIRE (Student Center > Expected Graduation Term > Graduation Data)
  • Diploma Address must be updated in SPIRE (Student Center > Expected Graduation Term > Graduation Data). Diplomas will be sent to the student's Diploma Address.
  • Any transfer credits listed on the Eligibility Form must be approved by the Graduate School
  • The total number of credits listed on the Eligibility Form must be at least the minimum for the program
  • Minimum of 21 credits in the major field
  • Minimum of 12 credits in 600-800 level courses for non-thesis students; minimum of 6 credits in 600-800 level courses for thesis students (in addition to thesis [699] credits)
  • No courses below the 400 level should be listed on the Eligibility Form
  • At most 6 credits of 400 level courses (they must be outside the major field), subject to approval of the Graduate Program Director
  • The grade-point average for courses listed on the Eligibility Form must be 3.0 or above
  • Enrolled as an active student
  • Bursar fees paid - any outstanding Bursar fees must be paid directly to the Bursar; no holds on record
  • Department or program contacted regarding any further programmatic requirements

Other requirements which may or may not apply

  • Language requirement satisfied
  • Thesis committee appointed by the Graduate Dean
  • Thesis outline submitted to department
  • There has been 4 months between submission of prospectus/outline and thesis defense date
  • Registered for the appropriate number of thesis (699) credits
  • Maximum of 6 credits in Independent Study and Special Problem (596, 696, 796) courses if a thesis is submitted
  • General examination/thesis defense passed - a memo stating that the exam/defense was passed and the date on which it was passed must be signed by the Graduate Program Director and filed with the Graduate Student Service Center.  The exam must be scheduled and passed by the posted deadline.

Thesis submission requirements


Graduate Student Service Center
534 Goodell Building, Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: (413) 545-0722