Antioch University New England officially confers degrees three times a year, in April, July, and November. The dates are listed in the academic calendar. Our programs are designed so that you will graduate on the official graduation date following your last semester. Therefore, you may not be registered for credit during the semester you are to graduate. Doctoral candidates will receive a letter and a Diploma Order Form about six weeks prior to your scheduled graduation date. Doctoral degrees are considered earned when all level credits have been earned, verification sheets and/or waivers for all required courses and internships and the dissertation cover sheet (signed by dissertation committee members) are all on file in the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar cannot confirm your degree has been earned until all necessary documentation is on file.
While the Registrar’s Office will notify you of anything missing from your file which is necessary for your graduation, you are ultimately responsible for getting the required materials and attending to the completion of your file by the deadlines specified in the academic calendar.
Be advised that deadlines are strictly adhered to—they provide us with adequate time for auditing and approving files.
If you cannot complete all degree requirements by the deadline and need an extension until the next scheduled degree conferral date, a Graduation Extension Fee will be assessed.
Maximum Time Limit for Completing Master’s Degrees
Master’s candidates whose program does not require a thesis are required to graduate by the fourth official graduation date (one year from date of the first scheduled graduation). Students in Environmental Studies enrolled in a master’s thesis are allowed a total of ten semesters to complete all degree requirements, including thesis. Failure to complete will result in disenrollment unless you have received an exception. A request for exception to this policy must be approved by your academic department, submitted in writing and granted by the Registrar, prior to your fourth expected graduation date.
Maximum Time Limit for Completing the Doctoral Degree
Doctoral students are expected to complete all degree requirements, including the dissertation, within seven years of entering the program or be subject to the disenrollment process.