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Deadlines for MS Graduation

M.S. in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL)

Select a culminating activity before enrolling in your 19th credit

Choose one of the culminating activity options by filling out the online Application for Admission to Candidacy (AAC). List the classes you have already taken, with the semester and year, grade earned, and the classes you propose to take to complete the degree. Contact your advisor to ask him or her to review and approve your decision.

Note: Students who have already completed 19 credits should fill the AAC out as soon as possible and get their proposed culminating activity approved by their advisor.

Application for Admission to Candidacy

Application for Admission to Candidacy (AAC) deadline

Fall 2017 Graduation June 30, 2017
Spring 2018 Graduation October 6, 2017
Summer 2018 Graduation February 16, 2018

The AAC must be filled out completely. This means that all classes/credits need to be listed, even if they have not been completed. All completed electives should be listed as they appear on the transcript. Transcripts are available via your student account on

Apply to Graduate

Deadline to apply to graduate and pay fee

Fall 2017 Graduation August 25, 2017
Spring 2018 Graduation January 12, 2018
Summer 2018 Graduation June 1, 2018

Students now apply through View instructions here. The Student Center is set up to block applications for graduation unless the Candidacy form has been recorded as received by the Graduate Admission and Degree Services Office.

Information about the fees can be found here:

Request to Schedule Culminating Activity Defense

Around the sixth week point in the semester, you will receive an invitation from Operations Manager Kelly ​Weak providing the available dates for the portfolio defenses. If you are Re-scheduling your defense, it may be later than that. At that time, you will be able to select and sign up for your portfolio defense. The idea is to give you more of a chance to get through the OPWL 592 activities before you schedule the actual date of your defense.

Commencement Activities Around the official University commencement event, the OPWL Department sponsors a recognition event for our student completing either their degree and/or graduate certificate. More information about these events will be emailed to our students before the events.

Please note, if you are earning a graduate certificate only, the University does not permit you to formally walk in the ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Weak by email at or by phone at 208-426-1312.