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 forms below:

  1. By the end of the Add/Drop period, please return the Application for Graduation to the registrar ( Use a separate form for each degree or certificate you are applying for.
  2. Within the first month of the semester, please complete the Approved Program Completion Form. Please send this form to Dr. Sies to sign and submit when you complete any remaining course requirements.
  3. In addition, at the end of the semester in which you plan to complete the MSMC Certificate, please send to the MSMC Director an MSMC Portfolio. This includes a pdf with the following: A summary page listing the 4 courses you took, the semester taken, and grade received. List and include full texts of the major papers or projects for each of the four classes (for example, include the full text of the major papers you wrote for these courses. If you completed a group project or exhibition, provide the link or documentation of your contribution).

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Sies ( 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.