Graduate Students

Degree status check

Your degree status check is your personalized checklist for what is required to complete your graduate or doctoral degree. For information about using this resource, view the video Program Check Tutorial for Graduate Students.

Academic probation

Any graduate student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 shall be placed on academic probation. Students on probation may take up to nine additional credits in the graduate program in which they have been admitted.

Failure to bring the cumulative GPA to 3.0 or higher by the completion of the additional nine credits will result in dismissal from the program and from Seattle Pacific University. In addition, a graduate student cannot graduate with a cumulative GPA below 3.0.

Applying for graduation

All master’s and doctoral degree students who wish to participate in Commencement must apply to graduate by February 1.

The application is available from the graduate advisor. The form will be forwarded to Student Academic Services so that mailings regarding Commencement can be sent out during Spring Quarter.

Degrees are awarded when the department notifies SAS that all requirements are complete. Diplomas will be mailed approximately six weeks after the degree is posted.


Diplomas are not distributed during Commencement. They are sent to graduates once all requirements are completed, grades have been posted for the degrees, and all financial obligations to the University — fines, etc. — are met.

During the ceremony, you’ll receive a diploma cover. Spring Quarter graduates should receive diplomas by mid-September; Summer Session graduates will receive theirs by mid-December.

More information

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Catalog/Time Schedule

Need to know when a course is scheduled? Need info about a major or program? Find the answers in the Catalog and Time Schedule.

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Need a form? Find it here.

From an “Application for Graduation” to a “Transcript Request,” and much more, academic forms are here.