Steps to Graduation

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.

1. Apply
Apply to Cal Poly through Cal State Apply or apply to a Blended program through the appropriate Department.

ONLY if applying to Blended programs, submit the following:
2. Orientation
After receiving admissions notification from the Cal Poly Admissions Office, attend the Graduate Education Orientation.
3. Advising
Meet with Graduate Coordinator and select Graduate Advisor
  • Determine culminating experience: Thesis, Project, or Exam.
  • Develop and complete a Working Formal Study Plan & Advancement to Candidacy.
  • Identify members of evaluation committee (if required).
4. Working Formal Study Plan & Advancement to Candidacy
4. Working Formal Study Plan & Advancement to Candidacy
Submit Working Formal Study Plan and Advancement to Candidacy (E-Form)
  • Must be submitted by end of 1st quarter in the program.
  • Must complete the Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR) before submission. Contact the Cal Poly Writing & Rhetoric Center directly for more information about the GWR.
  • Must determine anticipated graduation date and culminating experience before submission.
5. Application for Graduation
Submit Application for Graduation (E-form) one quarter prior to the quarter that you plan to graduate. For example, if you plan to graduate in Fall quarter, you must submit your application by the end of the previous Spring quarter. For graduation in Spring quarter, submit your form by the end of Winter quarter.
6. Final Formal Study Plan
6. Final Formal Study Plan
Submit FINAL Formal Study Plan (E-Form) during the first 3 weeks of the quarter in which you plan to graduate.
7. Culminating Experience
Master's Thesis Approval Form (E-Form),
Master's Project Approval Form (E-Form), and/or
Master's Exam Approval Form (E-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. Please reference Quarter Deadlines. All Graduate Forms