Steps to Graduation: Checklist & Forms

Students can utilize the following checklist to help ensure that they are following all the steps required to complete their graduate program:

PLEASE NOTE: All graduate students are responsible for ensuring that their graduate paperwork is completed and submitted to the Graduate Education Office. It is the duty of the student to verify that all required forms are on file with the Graduate Education Office and the Office of Evaluations.


Step 1

Apply to Cal Poly through Admissions Office or Apply to BMS through Department: (only if applying to BMS program, submit Postbaccalaureate Change of Objective Form (PDF) during the quarter when you complete 180 units).

Step 2

Accepted to graduate program; attend GradEd Orientation meeting.

Step 3

Meet with Graduate Coordinator and select Graduate Advisor
  • Determine culminating experience: Thesis, Project or Exam.
  • Develop research objectives.
  • Identify members of evaluation committee.

Step 4

Submit Working Formal Study Plan Form (PDF)
  • Must be submitted by end of 1st quarter in the Program.

Step 5

Complete Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)

Step 6

Submit Advancement To Candidacy Form (PDF) and Request for Graduation Evaluation Form (PDF)

Step 7

Submit Final Formal Study Plan (PDF) within the first 3 weeks of the beginning of the quarter in which you plan to graduate.

Step 8

Submit Master's Thesis Approval Form, Master's Project Approval Form, and/or Master's Exam Approval Form once you have completed your culminating experience. You must submit your form by the last day of the quarter in which you intend to graduate.

Complete the Career Services Graduate Status Report survey.

Link to All Graduate Forms Here
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