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Applying to Graduate

All baccalaureate and graduate degree seeking students must apply for graduation during the filing period for the term in which all degree requirements will be completed.

A graduation application and diploma fee is due at the time that you submit your application. Late applications submitted after the final application deadline will be reviewed in date-received order, but may not receive an evaluation prior to final degree verification.

The application process should begin with a meeting with your advisor to review your degree progress online. If you are completing alternate approved courses (substitutions) to clear major and/or minor requirements, online substitution authorizations should be submitted by the program advisor. Applications are reviewed by a graduation counselor in date-received order and students will be notified by campus email when their online Academic Requirements Report has been updated.

If you are a master's degree candidate, you must also have your Advancement to Candidacy form on file in the Office of the Registrar prior to the term in which you will apply to graduate.

An explanation of the official graduation application process and filing deadlines/fees can be found on the Classes & Planning webpage under the heading: Apply to Graduate.

Graduation Application Filing Period

See the Deadline and Fees webpage for specific filing dates and fee information for the current academic year. CSUMB confers degrees in Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

Document Deadlines

All academic coursework must be completed by the end of the term in which the student has applied to graduate. However, additional time to submit required documentation, such as transcripts or grade changes, is allowed as follows:

  • For the Fall graduation term, the deadline is the last business day of February.
  • For the Spring graduation term, the deadline is the last business day of July.
  • For the Summer graduation term, the deadline is the last business day of September.


CSUMB issues diplomas following the final degree verification for each graduation term. Your diploma will be mailed to the permanent address listed in OASIS within four months of degree conferral. If you would like to pick up your diploma, contact before the end of your graduation term.

Commencement Ceremony

CSUMB holds its annual commencement ceremony each year during the month of May. Participation in this celebration of educational achievement is voluntary and CSUMB diplomas are NOT distributed during this event. Students are still subject to final degree verification by the Graduation Department prior to degree conferral. Graduation applicants who are candidates for baccalaureate or graduate degrees during the fall, spring, or summer term of the same academic year are eligible to participate. For details regarding the commencement ceremony, visit the Commencement website.