Graduation Requirements, Application, and Eligibility

Once admitted to a degree or certificate program in the School of Education, students must complete all coursework at Johns Hopkins University, except with prior written approval from a faculty adviser. Exceptions are rarely given (see Academic Catalog for Transfer of Credits).

Master’s and certificate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to retain eligibility for financial aid and to receive approval for graduation. Doctoral students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) to receive approval for graduation.

Unless indicated otherwise, students enrolled in master’s or certificate programs have a maximum of five years to complete their degree. With the exception of transfer credits, all credits applied towards a degree or certificate must have been earned within five years prior to the point a student becomes eligible to graduate. Any request for an exemption to this policy—for example, extending the time period allowed to complete a degree/certificate—must be submitted in writing by the student to and approved by the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs (or designee). Prior to submitting a formal written request to the Vice Dean (or designee) for an exemption, students are encouraged to discuss matters first with their faculty adviser.

Note: School of Education records are sealed thirty (30) days after the conferral of a degree. After this date, no changes will be made to a student’s academic record. Therefore, it is imperative that students verify all information on their academic record and request any corrections be made before this date.


2021-22 Graduation Application and Eligibility

A student who expects to receive a degree or certificate must have applied for graduation by the deadlines below. Regardless of ceremony attendance, all students must apply to gradaute to be reviewed and approved for degree completion. Students must complete separate applications for each degree and/or certificate they plan to earn.

Students who are planning to graduate must also complete all coursework on time and should not request or receive the grade of I (Incomplete) during their final semester. 

Students who have submitted the application for graduation will receive a confirmation e-mail.  Their names will be placed on the tentative graduation list for the semester in which they anticipate receiving their degree.

Graduation Clearance Process

At the end of each semester, after all grades have been posted in SIS, a final review of each individual graduation application is done. Final grades for graduating students are due 72 hours after the last day of classes for the semester. (Late grade submission may result in a student being removed from the graduation list.) Students who are planning to graduate must complete all coursework on time and should not request or receive the grade of I (incomplete) during their final semester. University observation of holidays may impact grade posting. Once all records have been reviewed and approved by the School of Education, a final list of graduates is sent to the University’s President’s Office for approval.

These final steps and approvals take approximately 2-3 weeks after the semester has ended. Once completed, the degree conferral statement is retroactively placed on all approved student records. 

To see if you have been cleared to graduate:

  1. Log into SIS
  2. Select Registration
  3. Select Program of Study

Students in multiple degrees will see information for every degree they have applied to complete.

Please Note: If you are receiving a graduate or post-master’s certificate only, your diploma will be mailed directly to you after your conferral date. You will not be invited to take part in the commencement ceremonies; however, you may attend as a guest.

Apply for graduation online through our Student Information System

  • Go to the Registration menu
  • Select Program of Study Information
  • Click on “Apply for Graduation” next to the program(s) that you are applying to graduate from

Deadlines for Applying to Graduate

  • Summer 2021  – deadline June 1, 2021 (conferral date, August 31, 2021)
  • Fall 2021 – deadline August 30, 2021  (conferral date, December 31, 2021)
  • Spring 2022 – deadline January 24, 2022 (conferral date, May 26, 2022)

Graduation Application Fee

  • $175


Communication About Commencement to Graduates

The School of Education will send all graduation communication to students’ JHU and commencement email addresses. Please make sure to check both often and act as directed as some communications are time sensitive.


Please Note:

  • If you are applying for both a degree and certificate(s) you pay only the fee for the degree OR if you are applying for more than one certificate you pay the fee for the certificate once. This applies only to candidates applying for both a degree and certificate or more than one certificate in the same academic year.
  • In order to graduate and receive a diploma for completion of a degree or certificate program, students must first have applied to and been admitted into that same program(s) prior to applying to graduate.