Graduation Information

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How to Apply

You should apply for graduation during the semester in which you register for your final term. This is also known as applying for a degree. You must apply whether or not you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony.

If you're an undergraduate student, visit Registration and Records for graduation information.

1. Prepare to Apply

Learn the graduation deadlines that apply to you.

Review the semester hour requirement. If you're completing a master's degree, you must have at least 21 semester hours to apply for graduation. If you're a doctoral student, you must have at least 75 semester hours.

2. Complete Your Application in MyNIU

Log in to MyNIU. From the Classic Home tile, click on Self Service, then Degree Progress/Graduation, then Apply for Graduation.

There is a one-time, nonrefundable fee of $35 per degree. It will be charged to your account when you complete the application.

3. Keep Track of Your Progress

During your final term, an initial audit letter will be sent to your NIU email address. It's your responsibility to review the letter, as well as the Academic Requirements page in MyNIU. Contact your advisor with any questions.

If you won't complete the requirements on time, you must defer your graduation date. There's no charge to defer graduation.

Contact Us

The Graduate School
Adams Hall 230
P: 815-753-0395
F:815-753-6366
gradsch@niu.edu

Office Hours

Monday-Friday
8-11:30 a.m.
12:30-4:30 p.m.

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