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Last Revision: January 30, 2024

General Graduation Information

Graduation and Conferral of Degree

Unlike most universities that only confer degrees twice a year, APUS confers degrees quarterly.

"Conferral date" is defined as the date on which your degree is officially awarded. Due to outstanding financial obligations, outstanding grade appeals, or established conferral schedules, you may actually complete your degree many months before your degree is officially conferred.

To be eligible for conferral of your degree, you must:

  • have fulfilled all course requirements in your program.
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • have your dissertation accepted by your dissertation committee and submitted to the library.
  • have fulfilled all program requirements for your degree.
  • have applied for graduation and passed an academic review of your courses.
  • have no outstanding balances.

Graduation applications are due six weeks before the conferral date. It is critical that you maintain an accurate shipping address in your student record. You will incur additional charges if we need to reship misdirected diplomas or transcripts due to a shipping address that was no longer valid. Your conferral could also be delayed if you are not receiving notifications of outstanding graduation process requirements.


Your graduation date will not be reflected on any transcript you order until the day of conferral regardless of when you were academically cleared for your program.

For more information on GPA requirements, program deadline requirements, or Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements (150% rules), please see the What You Need to Know Before Your Course Begins section of the Student Handbook.