Download and use this checklist to help you stay on track and monitor your progress through your degree. This checklist does not address program-specific requirements.
Advancement to Candidacy forms are known as GSO-1 forms. GSO-1 forms are accepted on a rolling basis and should be submitted promptly upon completing the requirements for Advancement to Candidacy. This form should be filed prior to enrolling in any culminating project coursework. All Graduate students must have an Advancement to Candidacy Form on file with Graduate Studies prior to graduation.
- Download your program's GSO1 form below.
- Digital signatures are required.
- Make sure to get your form signed by both your supervising committee/faculty member and department graduate coordinator.
- Submit your completed/signed form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your form will be reviewed by the Office of Graduate Studies and your Academic Requirement Report will reflect your Advancement to Candidacy when the form has been processed. If your change in status does not appear within 7 working days, please contact email@example.com.
- Advancement to Candidacy is required in order to graduate.
|Biology||Download Biology GSO1|
|Business (MBA and EMBA)||Download Business GSO1|
|Computer Engineering Science||Download Computer Engineering Science GSO1|
|Counseling (CMHC)||Download CMHC GSO1|
|Counseling (School Counseling)||Download School Counseling GSO1|
|Cultural Resources Management||Download CRM GSO1|
|Education||Download Education GSO1|
|English||Download English GSO1|
|Film Studies||Download Film Studies GSO1|
|History||Download History GSO1|
|Interdisciplinary Studies||Download Interdisciplinary Studies GSO1|
|Master's in Public Administration||Download Master's in Public Administration GSO1|
|Nursing||Download Nursing GSO1|
|Organization Development||Download Organization Development GSO1|
|Depthy Psychology||Download Depth Psychology GSO1|
|Spanish||Download Spanish GSO1|
In order to graduate, a student must complete a Master's Degree Application Form by the specified deadlines. All students, except Nursing students, also must complete a GSO-2 form and submit it by the specified deadlines (see below). A student must be enrolled in coursework or Project Continuation in the semester in which they intend to graduate. If you are completing a thesis be sure to review the Graduate Studies Thesis Review page for required forms and formatting guidelines.
|Fill Out Master's Degree Application Form Online||Upon submission the appilcaiton will go directly to Admissions and Records for processing. At the top of the page the applicaiton will indicate completed submission. After completing the Master's Degree Appication Form it is important to visit the Office of the Registrar Graduation webpage to review and follow further steps. Read the webpage thoroughly, including the "Additional Information for Graduate Students" at the bottom of the page.|
|If you want to graduate in:||Submit your application by:|
|Fall 2021||September 15, 2021|
|Spring 2022||February 1, 2022|
|Summer 2022||February 1, 2022|
The Completion of Requirements Form (GSO-2) must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org the semester you intend to graduate. See both sets of Submission Deadlines below.
If you are completing a Sonoma State degree with an internship or comprehensive exam, submit this form during your last semester of attendance after the coursework has been completed, the internship has been completed, or the comprehensive exam has been passed.
If you are completing a professional paper, submit this form when your paper has been read and approved by your committee.
If you are completing a thesis or project that needs clearance by the Office of Graduate Studies you must defend your thesis and get it approved by your committee, and submit your form with a digital copy of your thesis for review, as well as a Thesis Signature form and Submission Agreement (see Graduate Studies Thesis Review for full instructions and forms). All formal theses and all creative projects (English-MA) require review by the Office of Graduate Studies and will be cataloged at the SSU Library.
GSO-2 Form Submission Deadlines
|If you want to graduate in:||Submit your GSO-2 and final thesis by:|
|Fall 2021||December 10, 2021|
|Spring 2022||May 13, 2022|
|Summer 2022||July 15, 2022|
|If you want to graduate in:||Submit your GSO-2 by:|
|Fall 2021||January 5, 2022|
|Spring 2022||May 20, 2022|
|Summer 2022||July 29, 2022|
|Biology||Download Biology GSO2|
|Business (MBA)||Download MBA GSO2|
|Business (MBA, Executive)||Download MBA Executive GSO2|
|Computer Engineering Science||Download Computer Engineering Science GSO2|
|Counseling (CMHC)||Download CMHC GSO2|
|Counseling (School Counseling)||Download School Counseling GSO2|
|Cultural Resources Management||Download CRM GSO2|
|Education||Download Education GSO2|
|English||Download English GSO2|
|Film Studies||Download Film Studies GSO2|
|History||Download History GSO2|
|Interdisciplinary Studies||Download Interdisciplinary Studies GSO2|
|Master's in Public Administration||Download Master's in Public Administration GSO2|
|Organization Development||Download Organization Development GSO2|
|Depthy Psychology||Download Depth Psychology GSO2|
|Spanish||Download Spanish GSO2|
NOTE: If you apply to graduate but do not complete all requirements, you must re-apply for the next graduation date after having met requirements by filing a Graduation Postponement Form electronically using the link below.
- Graduate students who have completed their coursework and who need additional time to work on their thesis or other final project must be enrolled each additional semester through one of the mechanisms specified in this policy, which is printed in the University catalog. For more information please see Continuous Enrollment Policy.