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Graduation Requirements and Information

Beginning Fall 2010, all graduate candidates for graduation must complete an Application for Graduate Degree with the Registrar's Office, Graduation Division. Deadlines for submission are listed below. Applications will not be accepted more than one year in advance, and late applications will delay graduation. Please read the information and instructions both on this page and on the Registrar's Office, Graduation Division page.

In addition, students must complete a Capstone Approval Form, due after fall break of their final year, and a Program of Study Form, due at the end of their final fall semester. Both should be submitted electronically or in person to the MPP Office .



  • Print the application
  • Complete the candidate information
  • Complete Degree Information
  • Enter information for semester/year of expected graduation (e.g. spring 2016)
  • Select "Other" for Degree Type and write MPP next to it
  • Write "Master of Public Policy" in the Major line
  • Sign and Date the form
  • Submit to the Registrar's Office, Graduation Division, as requested and by the deadline on the form
  • Submit an electronic copy to the MPP Office within a week of the deadline

Clear up any "I" or "T" grades. Students with "I" or "T" grades will not be cleared for graduation by the Registrar's Office.

The Graduate School requires that a student be registered for at least one semester credit hours during the semester in which they plan to graduate. 

All graduate students must adhere to the Graduate School's policies and procedures in order to graduate. The University will graduate students when all degree requirements are met and all grades are submitted. Diplomas are mailed at the end of the semester in which the work was completed and the appropriate paperwork has been processed. A diploma will be mailed within 90 days to the last address The University of Utah has for the student. If you would like to verify or change your address (and we strongly encourage you to do so), please do so in CIS.

Deadlines for the graduation application are:

To graduate end of Spring, submit graduation application by November 1

To graduate end of Summer, submit graduation application by February 1

To graduate end of Fall, submit graduation application by June 1

*If a graduation deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted without a fee through the next business day.

Failure to submit your application prior to the deadline will delay your graduation.  Please complete your application form carefully.

Program of Study

Students must complete a Program of Study Form the fall semester before they graduate. The form indicates the courses, semester taken, and grades for classes the student plans to count towards the degree. Specific instructions are on the form.

Capstone Committee Chair Approval

As part of the degree requirements students must select a supervisory committee and chair and complete a Capstone Project. The project must be formally approved by the committee chair before the Graduate School Deadline (of the semester of graduation) in order for the student to graduate. Failure to complete the project will delay graduation and in accordance with Graduate School Policies, students must maintain continuous enrollment. This means if the project is not complete and approved by the committee chair students will need to register for a minimum of three credit hours per semester in order to complete their project outside the Capstone course.


The University of Utah commencement and convocation ceremonies are held annually at the conclusion of spring semester. Spring ceremonies are held the beginning of May for students who are degree candidates for summer, fall and spring. Commencement and convocation ceremonies are only held in the Spring. If a student is within a year of graduation they may walk in the convocation ceremony. To order graduation regalia, please contact the bookstore in January to find out when they will be processing orders. Their phone number is 801-581-6325. FYI: The MPP program is in the College of Social and Behavioral Science.

Our hood is white and red and our tassel is white.  


For information on Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies visit The University of Utah Commencement Ceremonies web site for more information.

Register with the Career Services Office if you have not already done so.

Access free helpful services such as career counseling, on-campus interviews, job postings, resume referrals, and internship application assistance.

Complete the online MPP Student Exit Survey that will be emailed to you within one month of graduation

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Last Updated: 11/8/16