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Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology

Graduation & Commencement

Deadlines | Master’s | Certificate | Timeline | Commencement

Submission Deadlines

Program completion requirements are listed in the student’s plan of study. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to maintain good academic progress for graduation. Students are responsible for keeping track of their progress and should review their academic record to ensure accuracy. The diploma is mailed to the address posted on the student record. To update your information, visit Testudo. Graduation-related submission deadlines for graduate professional programs do not follow standard UMD policy. The dates below are strictly enforced.

Degree Form Graduation Submission Deadlines
May August December
Master's Application for Graduation Feb. 1 June 1 Sept. 15
Approved Program Form Mar. 1 June 15 Oct. 1
Certification of Master’s Degree w/out Thesis Apr. 15 July 1 Nov. 15
Certificate Application for Graduation Feb. 1 July 15 Sept. 15
Graduate Certificate Completion Form Feb. 15 June 15 Sept. 15

Master’s Instructions

Complete all four steps for graduation and receipt of the diploma:

  1. Register for at least one credit in the semester in which you plan to graduate.
  2. Apply for Graduation via Testudo
  3. Submit Approved Program Form
  4. Submit Certification of Master's Degree without Thesis

Certificate Instructions

Complete all three steps for graduation and receipt of certificate:

  1. Register for at least one credit in the semester in which you plan to graduate.
  2. Submit Graduate Certificate Application for Graduation
  3. Submit Graduate Certificate Completion Form


  1. Academic Director:  Audits each student file for program requirements and notifies students of any issues. 
    • Certificate: Forwards final approval to the Diploma Office.
    • Master’s: Forwards approval to the Office of Candidate Clearance.
  2. Office of Candidate Clearance (Master’s only)
    • Reviews, confirms, and grants final approval.
    • ​Forwards to Diploma Office.
  3. Diploma Office (Certificate & Master’s)
    • To check on the status of your diploma, click here.
    • The clearance, printing, and mailing process may take up to 12 weeks to complete.

Important notes:

  • Students may request a letter of program completion for employment purposes by e-mailing oes@umd.edu. Include your name, UID, and provide the name, mailing address, and phone number of the employer. The letter will be sent via US Postal Services.
  • You will be contacted if there are any questions relating to program requirements, continuous registration questions, time limitations, or other substantive issues.
  • ​If not approved, you will be contacted to resolve the issues, and your application for graduation will “roll over” to the next semester. You must ensure to register for at least one graduate credit for graduation eligibility.

Commencement Information

You are welcome to participate in the University of Maryland’s campus-wide commencement ceremonies (May and December only). Graduates’ names will be listed under their degree or certificate in the commencement program. For complete commencement information, click here.

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