Graduation Procedures

Campus Closure Update

Some of the procedures below may have changed due to the campus closure. Please see our Campus Closure page for more information.

Applying for Graduation

Graduate Academic Affairs
Campus is Currently Closed.  For assistance please email:
Amanda.Wong@ucr.edu (Last Names A-L) or click here to make a Zoom appointment.
Trina.Elerts@ucr.edu (Last Names M-Z) or click here to make a Zoom appointment
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View temporary regulations about the submission of the FINAL DEFENSE confirmation and SIGNATURE APPROVAL PAGE for a dissertation or thesis.

Master's Degree

  • Step 1: Degree Audit

    Review your degree audit via R'Web (see Degree Audit icon under your authorized applications menu).  Confirm all requirements have been or will be completed by the end of the quarter you wish to graduate.  Discuss any discrepancies with the Graduate Program Coordinator in your department.

  • Step 2: Application for Candidacy

    Fill out the Master's Application for Candidacy in R'Grad appropriate for the master's plan you are completing (Plan I vs Plan II).  If you are completing a Thesis (Plan I), you must nominate your Thesis committee as part of the advancement process.  The application for candidacy is due by the first day of instruction of the quarter you plan on graduating.  See Application/Submission Deadlines button below.

  • Step 3: Apply to Graduate

    Apply to graduate via R'Web.  The application will be available once registration begins for the quarter you wish to graduate.  The deadline to apply is the Monday of week 4.  See the Application/Submission Deadlines button below.

  • Step 4: Capstone Requirement (comprehensive exam, thesis, manuscript, etc.)

    Complete your capstone requirement (comprehensive exam, manuscript, project, etc.) and confirm the report of completion of the capstone was submitted by your department to Graduate Academic Affairs.  Creative Writing students completing a manuscript must follow the manuscript submission instructions received via email with the Advancement to Candidacy confirmation.  Any student completing a Thesis (Plan I) as the capstone requirement must review the Thesis Filing page for detailed instructions regarding submission of the Thesis for format review and finalizing the document.

  • Step 5: Update your Permanent Address in R'Web

    Your diploma will be directly mailed at no cost (starting Spring 2018 and later). Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address on R’Web. Make sure your address is up-to-date! You can change your permanent address by clicking on the “Personal Information” icon in R’Web.  For more information about diplomas, please visit https://registrar.ucr.edu/graduation-guide/diplomas.

PhD Degree

  • Step 1: Degree Audit

    Review your degree audit via R'Web (see Degree Audit icon under your authorized applications menu) and review the Advancement to Candidacy letter you received from Graduate Academic Affairs at the time of advancement. Confirm all requirements have been (or will be) completed by the end of the quarter you wish to graduate. Discuss any discrepancies with the graduate program coordinator in your department. 

  • Step 2: Apply to Graduate

    Apply to graduate via R'Web. The application will be available once registration begins for the quarter you wish to graduate. The deadline to apply is the Monday of week 4. See the Application/Submission Deadlines button below.

  • Step 3: Final Defense and Dissertation Submission

    Review the Dissertation Filing page for detailed instructions regarding submission of the Dissertation for format review and finalizing the manuscript. 

  • Step 4: Update your Permanent Address in R'Web

    Your diploma will be directly mailed at no cost (starting Spring 2018 and later). Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address on R’Web. Make sure your address is up-to-date! You can change your permanent address by clicking on the “Personal Information” icon in R’Web.  For more information about diplomas, please visit https://registrar.ucr.edu/graduation-guide/diplomas.

FAQs about Graduation Application