How to Graduate

At the beginning of the semester in which you will complete your last MSMC class, please be sure to complete the two actions below:

  1. By the end of the Add/Drop period, please complete the Application for Graduation to the registrar. Submitting the form will automatically send it to the registrar. In the Graduate Certificate Program four-letter code field, please enter Z016. Use a separate form for each degree or certificate you are applying for.
  2. By the end of the Add/Drop period, please complete the Program Completion Application Form. Please see an example of how to complete the program information section here. Please send this form to Neil Dhingra ( to sign and submit. The program code is Z016. You do not need to submit the audit materials mentioned on the form – MSMC will complete this process.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jaeger ( or Neil Dhingra ( For more information on Graduate Degree deadlines, visit the UMD Registrar page. Please note: if you complete the certificate before you complete your graduate degree (this often happens with Ph.D. students), you can apply to graduate from the certificate once you complete all the requirements.