Graduate Studies

Checklist for Graduation

Step 1

Things to do prior to the posted Graduation Filing deadline

(Important Dates and Deadlines)

  1. Obtain the graduation application materials from the Graduate Studies website. These include the Graduation Application Form (PDF) and the Graduation Clearance Form (PDF). (If you are reapplying to graduate, please complete the Application to Reapply for Graduation (PDF).)
  2. If paying by check, mail the completed Graduation Application Form to the Office of Graduate Studies along with a check or money order payable to CSU, Chico postmarked by the applicable deadline. If paying online, go to to pay by the posted deadline and forward the receipt and application to
  3. Fill out the Graduation Clearance Form (Instructions for Completing the Graduation Clearance Form) and forward it to your Graduate Coordinator who will sign off on the form and submit it to the Office of Graduate Studies. Please note that a Graduation Clearance Form is required even if you have previously submitted a Program Plan for your Program. Disregard if you are reapplying for graduation and have already submitted a Graduation Clearance Form.
  4. Update your contact information with the University (mailing and permanent addresses, telephone numbers, and email address) through your student portal account. Be sure to continue to update this information if it changes during the graduation clearance process.

You are invited to contact the Office of Graduate Studies ( if you have any questions about the graduation application process or your clearance for the master's degree.

Step 2

Submission of Culminating Activity prior to the posted deadline

(Important Dates and Deadlines)

In addition to the coursework requirements, graduate students must also complete any culminating activity required for their program before they can receive the master's degree. The Completion of Culminating Activity(opens in new window) page provides information on submitting the culminating activity to the Office of Graduate Studies as part of the process of Filing for Graduation.

*To register for Commencement Ceremonies (i.e., walk at graduation), the Master’s Commencement Ceremony(opens in new window) page provides links to register prior to the posted deadline (Important Dates and Deadlines).

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