The maximum time allowed to complete any master’s degree is five calendar years from the date of initial enrollment unless special permission is obtained from the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies. In order to graduate, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required. Students must also have a 3.0 GPA in their area of concentration. Grades lower than “C-” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must not take more than eight hours beyond the degree requirements in order to make up grade deficiencies. Students who are deficient after taking the additional 8 quarter hours are dismissed from the degree program. 

Applying for Graduation

Students must submit an Application for Graduation, available online. This must be done two quarters (six months) before the expected graduation term. Non-receipt of this application two quarters in advance may delay certification of graduation. After submitting the application for graduation, students will receive a preliminary graduation review via the current DU email account. It is recommended that all students utilize their DU account or forward information from that account to another active email account to ensure important information is received. Final responsibility for meeting degree requirements resides with the student. 

International Students: Please be sure to consult an advisor at the International Student and Scholar Services office (International House, 2200 S. Josephine) at least four (4) months in advance of your expected completion date for information on your immigration options after completion of study. 

Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Students: Please complete the following form School of Accountancy Graduation Application in addition to the DU application for graduation. 

If you have previously applied for graduation, missed the deadline and wish to confirm your graduation status, or you would like to change your graduation term/date, diploma address, etc., please contact a Graduate Advisor at; provide your name and ID number in the email.


The University of Denver holds commencement ceremonies in June and August each year. In order to participate in commencement, the student must meet all degree requirements prior to the ceremony. Those individuals graduating in November or March are welcome and invited to participate in the June ceremony following the completion of their degree program. For more information please visit

Each quarter, the Daniels College of Business holds an Academic Hood Presentation Ceremony. The ceremony acknowledges the accomplishments of the students receiving graduate degrees and congratulates them on their successes. As part of the ceremony, the Dean of the College presents a master’s degree hood to each graduating student which must be worn in the subsequent commencement ceremony. Family members and guests of the graduates are welcome to attend the ceremony. 

The commencement program lists the names of all those who applied for graduation at the appropriate time and are expected to meet degree requirements prior to the commencement ceremony. Those with incomplete grades or lacking required course work will not be included in this publication, nor will they be able to take part in the ceremony. 

Participating in commencement or the Academic Hood Presentation Ceremony does not constitute official graduation. It is a celebration that signifies the completion of the appropriate degree requirements, and has no academic or legal implications. 


After final grades are submitted by faculty, the degree certification process begins. This process requires verification by both the Daniels College of Business and the University of Denver Registrar’s Office that degree requirements have been met. Outstanding or missing work (i.e. incomplete grades, failing grades lower than C-, or non-reported grades) will delay this process and timeline; in some cases the graduation date will be moved to the subsequent quarter. Once the student has been certified to graduate, it takes 8-10 weeks for diplomas to be mailed from the Office of the Registrar. Please note that the Office of the Registrar will not release diplomas if a student has a hold of any type on his/her account. Diplomas include degree information only. Major and concentration information is listed on the academic transcript. Diploma Fact Sheet» 

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Graduate students in the Daniels College of Business who qualify for induction to Beta Gamma Sigma will be notified by email.