This site provides current master's students with forms and information needed to obtain their master's degree.
For a Master’s Degree, students must successfully complete a minimum of 30 credit hours. The Master's Program Form must be completed during Pre-Registration for the final semester. After 15 credit hours, students must meet with their advisor to ensure they have completed the courses that will fulfill their program requirements and whether they will be taking the Comprehensive Exam or writing a thesis.
The all-university guidelines to be followed in preparing a thesis manuscript (margins, page numbering, etc.) can be accessed by clicking the link above. For any program-specific guidelines, contact your thesis advisor. Instructions for electronic upload of Thesis can be found here.
To keep you on track for graduation, please print the Master's Degree Graduation Checklist and use it throughout your degree program.
Students who are planning to graduate need to complete the Application for Degree and bring/send to the Registrar’s Office. Deadlines for filing Application for Degree (in any given year if one of these dates falls on a Sunday the due date then becomes the following Monday):
May Graduation Sept. Graduation Jan. Graduation
February 1 July 1 October 1
* Please note: students who do not graduate in the semester they filed must complete and submit the Application for Degree again for the semester in which they are graduating.
Graduate Students submitting a Master's Thesis or Ph.D. Dissertation are required to complete and sign this form when submitting their final paperwork to the Registrar or Dean's Office and electronically uploading Thesis or Dissertation online.
A student must be registered for 9 credits to be considered full-time. Students registered for less than 9 credits (i.e. students in Maintenance of Candidacy or completing degree requirements) must complete and submit a Full-Time Certification form to stay in full-time status. Completed forms with departmental and Graduate Programs Office signatures should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office at the time of registration.
*Please note: Full-time certification cannot be retroactive. If you do not complete this form at the time of registration you are in danger of losing full-time status.
Please click the link above for instructions and form to transfer graduate credits to Lehigh.
Petition forms are required whenever a student needs permission to change status, register after deadlines, withdraw from classes, request a leave of absence, make a change in dissertation committee, etc. Please click here for complete petition guidelines. Be sure to explain fully the reasons for your request. In some instances a strong letter of department support may be required (for example, requesting a refund for a class). Petitions require signatures from student's advisor, graduate director and the graduate programs office. When a decision is rendered by the Registrar's Office, students will be notified via email.