Apply for a bachelor's degree
Where to start
Meet with the academic advisor for your major to review your academic record and determine the term in which you will be completing your final degree requirements.
Submitting your application for graduation
Students may submit their graduation application online from their CMS account. Please visit the CMS Student page for instructions on this process. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for troubleshooting assistance if they are unable to submit their application online.
Note: After submitting a graduation application, students must contact the Office of the Registrar within two weeks of the application date to report any incorrect application information and avoid any additional fees.
Request for Reactivation* of Graduation
CSUMB students who have not maintained continuous enrollment but would like to complete remaining degree requirements or believe that all degree requirements are met can request a Reactivation of Graduation.
Reactivation Request process for students who have not maintained continuous enrollment:
- Fill out a Reactivation of Graduation Form
- Students may be required to resubmit all official transcripts from other colleges and universities attended.
- Once an initial review is completed by the Registrar’s Office, the student will also need to submit a Graduation Application to apply for graduation in a current or future term (separate fees will apply).
Note: A student not in a period of continuous enrollment at the time of filing for graduation may be required to meet the catalog requirements in effect at the time of filing.
Failure to submit any documentation required for reactivation will result in the request being voided.
*Reactivation of Graduation is NOT admission to CSUMB
Students needing to enroll at the university must reapply in accordance with university admission deadlines and will be responsible for meeting all university requirements in effect at the time of readmission. If the student’s major has been discontinued at CSUMB, the student must reapply to a major currently being offered.
What to expect after applying to graduate
After applying to graduate, the Graduation Team will review your student records and make any necessary updates to your Academic Requirements Report in CMS. You will be notified via CSUMB email once the review is completed. Applying on time is advantageous as it may reduce the time in which your records are reviewed.
It is your responsibility to review your Academic Requirements Report. Any areas that do not show as completed will need to be fulfilled before your degree can be awarded. If you have any questions, please contact the Graduation Team or visit your advisor.
Making changes to major requirements after you have applied to graduate
If you need to complete an alternate course for your major or minor, please work with your academic advisor to submit a substitution request in CMS. Once a substitution request is submitted, it may take up to 2 weeks to be processed in CMS.
Changing your graduation date
If you are required to change your graduation date to a future term, you will need to submit a new graduation application with the appropriate processing fee online in CMS to update your student record.
Final degree verification
After the end of the term in which you have applied to graduate, a final review of your academic record will be completed. Please keep in mind that all academic coursework must have been completed by the end of the assessment period of the term in which you have applied to graduate. If coursework was completed after the assessment period, you will need to change your graduation date to a future term.
If all degree requirements have been met, your degree will be awarded.
If all degree requirements have NOT been met, you will be notified via CSUMB email of any outstanding degree requirements with further instructions. It is recommended that you contact your Graduation Counselor with any questions upon receipt of this notice.
Visit the Diploma Information website for information about diplomas.
If you would like to order additional copies of your diploma, please use the Diploma Replacement Form.
Visit the Commencement Ceremony website for information about the event.
The commencement ceremony celebrates the achievements of all eligible graduation candidates. Participation in commencement is voluntary and does not guarantee that a student's degree will be awarded. The completion of all degree requirements will be confirmed by a Graduation Counselor after final grades are posted at the end of each semester (refer to The Final Degree Check section above). Students do not receive their diploma at the commencement ceremony.