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Graduation Information for Master's Degree Candidates

Each prospective graduate for a graduate degree must complete all requirements and file for graduation by the appropriate deadline.

Application Forms and Deadlines

Term in which you will complete your degree requirements

Deadline to Apply


Academic Year 2015-2016

Fall 2015 May 8, 2015 CLOSED
Winter 2016 July 30, 2015 CLOSED
Spring 2016 Nov. 20, 2015 OPEN
Summer 2016 Feb. 19, 2016 OPEN
Fall 2016 Oct. 30, 2015 OPEN
Spring 2017 April 29, 2016 OPEN

Submission of Paperwork:

All forms may be obtained from your graduate program department and must be completed, approved, and submitted to the Evaluation Office. It is the responsibility of the student to meet with the advisor and to request all paperwork to be completed and sent to the Evaluations Office. Failure to submit the following forms will result in not receiving a response to the Application for Graduation. The degree check will be mailed to students within four to six weeks after all appropriate paperwork has been received. However, delays do occur, and no guarantee can be offered.

In addition, the following items must be received from the department and/or Library before the degree can be awarded (if applicable).

  • Verification of completion of Comprehensive exams or
  • Library Approval of Thesis or Project

Graduation Application Fee:

The application form and a $55 fee ($55 for re-application) should be taken to the Cashier's Office. Payment can also be made online via credit card. A receipt of the transaction must accompany the application if paid online. After payment of the fee, submit the printed application form to the Evaluations Office, in the Office of Admissions and Records.

Office of Admissions and Records

California State University, Bakersfield
Student Services Building
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022

Phone:  (661) 654-2147
Fax:  (661) 654-3389