Graduate Studies

Dates and Deadlines

Application deadlines by graduate program, fee & registration deadlines, class start dates, and deadlines associated with master's graduation and commencement. See also: International Applicant Deadlines(opens in new window).

Fall 2024 Application filing period begins: October 1, 2023
Spring 2025 Application filing period begins: August 1, 2024

  • Program Application Deadlines
    Application Deadlines by Program
    Graduate / Post-Baccalaureate ProgramsFall DeadlinesSpring Deadlines
    Agricultural Education  (MS)July-1No spring admission
    Anthropology   (MA)January-10 No spring admission
    Art  (MA)March-1October-1 
    Biological Sciences  (MS)March-1October-1
    Business Administration  (MBA) April-29November-1
    Business Administration  (MBA) - OnlineJuly-5December-9
    Communication Sciences & Disorders  (MA)January-15 No spring admission
    Communications Studies  (MA)April-1No spring admission
    Computer Science (MS)March-1No spring admission
    Computer Science (MS) - OnlineJuly-5
    Credential Conditionally Classified   July-1December-7
    Data Science and Analytics (MS)April-1No spring admission
    Education  (MA)May-1December-1

    Educational Technology & Distance Learning Certificate

    July-1No spring admission

    Electrical & Computer Engineering

    May-1No spring admission

    English  (MA)

    *Certificate in Teaching College-Level Writing

    Environmental Science  (MS)   March-1November-1
    Geosciences  (MS)March-1November-1

    History  (MA)

    *Certificate in Advanced Study in History 

    Interdisciplinary Studies  (MA or MS)May-1November-1
    Interdisciplinary Studies: MS Regenerative AgricultureMay-1November-1
    Interdisciplinary Studies: MS Wildland ManagementMay-1No spring admission
    Kinesiology  (MA)April-1November-1

    Language Teaching  (MA)

     *Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)   


    Nursing  (MS) 
        Nursing Leadership option - Fall admissions for even years only                        Nurse Educator option - Fall admissions for odd years only    

    May-10No spring admission
    Nutritional Science  (MS)

    December - 1 (Dietetics option)

    Political Science  (MA)May-1November-1
    Preliminary Admin Services CredentialJuly-1No spring admission
    Psychology - MA Applied/School PsychologyFebruary-15No spring admission
    Psychology - MS Marriage and Family TherapyJanuary-12No spring admission
    Psychology - MA Psychological ScienceJanuary-19No spring admission
    Public Administration  (MPA) May-1November-1
    Social Science  (MA)April-1November-1
    Social Work   (MSW)January-15No spring admission
  • Fee, Registration, Graduation, and Other Deadlines
    Graduate Studies Deadlines
    DescriptionFall 2023Spring 2024Summer 2024Fall 2024
    Registration for New Students7/24/2023 to 8/2/202312/4/2023 to
    7/29/2024 to
    Registration for Continuing Students04/24/2023 to 05/19/202310/23/2023 to
    4/22/2024 to
    Fee Payment Deadline7/26/202312/7/20238/15/2024
    Add/Drop Registration8/7/2023 to 9/1/20231/8/2024 to
    8/12/2024 to
    Classes Begin8/21/20231/22/20246/3/20248/26/2024
    Application for Graduation Master's Degree9/18/20232/16/20246/17/20249/23/2024
    Continuous/Adjunct Enrollment9/18/20232/16/2024NA9/23/2024

    Culminating Activity Deadline
    Final Progress Sheets due to Graduate Studies 

    Thesis/Project submitted to
    Graduate Studies
    Commencement Registration Deadline04/19/202404/19/202404/19/2024 (for May 2024 ceremony)
    Commencement Day5/15/20245/15/20245/15/2024 (can also walk in May 2025 ceremony


  • In the event that a deadline falls on a day in which the campus is closed, the deadline will be extended to the next campus work day.
  • Deadlines may be extended - Call the Office of Graduate Studies at 530-898-6880 or email to verify program closures or extensions.

For information on non-state sessions call the Office of Regional and Continuing Education at 530-898-6105.