Apply for a master's degree
Where to start
Meet with your program advisor to review your academic record and determine the term in which you will be completing your final degree requirements. Graduate students must have their completed Advancement to Candidacy Forms on file in the Office of the Registrar prior to the term for which they have applied to graduate.
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 applying for graduation, 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.
What to expect after applying to graduate
During the term in which you have applied to graduate, the Graduation Counselor will notify your department of any outstanding degree requirements. Your department will contact you with this information.
In addition to all major requirements, the Graduation Counselor will also check for the following:
- Continuous Enrollment
- All CSU/CSUMB GPA, unit, and additional degree requirements
- Terms you attained Classified Standing and Advanced to Candidacy
Making changes to major requirements after you have applied to graduate
If you need to complete an alternate course for your program, 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 complete the graduation application process to change your date online in CMS.
Final degree verification
At 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.