Graduation Requirements for Doctoral Students
Doctoral students should review the SOJC graduate student handbook for graduation requirements and contact the Graduate Student Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Graduation Requirements for Master’s Students
Please follow the following steps to ensure your application is processed in time for the SOJC commencement.
Step 1: Register for Thesis/Terminal Project
Register for at least three terminal project (J609) or thesis (J503) credits (a total of six project credits or nine thesis credits is required to graduate). You should have a proposal approved by your advisor/chair before registering. NOTE: You will need to fill out an SOJC graduate course preauthorization form each term you plan to take terminal project or thesis credits.
Step 2: Submit Thesis/Terminal Project
Information about thesis and terminal projects can be found on our Thesis/Terminal Project Information page. Terminal Projects are submitted to the SOJC Graduate Student Services Manager at email@example.com and are NOT submitted to the Graduate School.
If you are working on a thesis, check deadlines, specific formatting and submission requirements with the Graduate School.
Step 3: Apply For Degree in GradWeb
By the second week of the term you intend to graduate, you must apply for your degree. The SOJC Graduate Student Services Manager will be notified of your application.
If you are applying for an M.A.*, inform the Graduate Student Services Manager about how you intend to satisfy the foreign language requirement.
Step 4: Schedule a Terminal Project/Thesis Defense
Arrange the date with your committee and then submit the online scheduling form. Be sure to indicate who is on your committee (or we can’t process your degree application and you won’t graduate).
The final day to defend a thesis or a terminal project is the last day of week nine. This gives you one week to make final edits and any changes to have it delivered back to your chair.
The final deadline to submit electronic version of project to chair/advisor is the last day of week ten.
MA or MS
The Master of Arts degree requires proficiency in a second language. The second-language requirement may be met in one of the following ways:
- Completion of at least the third term, second year of a second-language course taught in the language, with a grade of C- or P or better taken within seven years of earning the master’s degree.
- Satisfactory completion of an examination administered by the UO Testing Center.
- For students whose native language is not English this requirement is automatically met.
The Master of Science degree has no foreign language requirement.
PLEASE NOTE: If you applied for the MA and do not meet the requirement above, please contact the Graduate School ASAP at (firstname.lastname@example.org) to change to an MS.
It is understood that you have been working with your chair/advisor throughout this final term (after having submitted and had approved a terminal project/thesis proposal at least by the previous term), giving them drafts, editing as you go, etc. By the time of your final defense/presentation you should come away from that with only minor edits.
Send the final, edited electronic terminal project to your chair/advisor. They will send it to the Graduate Programs Assistant (email@example.com) electronically. This will serve as their approval.
Terminal Projects: Proposal Approval: term preceding graduation term
Apply for Degree: through the Graduate School by Friday of week two
Final day for Presentation of Thesis or Terminal Project: last day of week nine. This gives you one week to make final edits and any changes to have it delivered back to your chair.
Final day to submit electronic version of project to chair/advisor: last day of week ten.