Graduation Policies

Click here to download the Graduation Guidebook, which provides an overview of all of the necessary steps to completing your CIIS career.

"Graduation" refers to the recording of the conferral of the degree on the transcript and is administered by the Registrar's Office. "Commencement" refers to the ceremony and is administered by Student Affairs.

Doctoral Students Applying for the MA Credential

Some doctoral students will apply to graduate for a Master of Arts credential:

  • PsyD Clinical Psychology students seeking the (non-terminal) MA 
  • PhD students seeking the (terminal) MA 

The graduation application isn't able to be configured to allow the indication of this choice. After submitting it, send an email to notifying us that you want to apply for the MA.


To be eligible to graduate, students must have completed all academic and financial requirements and submitted the Graduation Application (log in to Self-Service required) and the Graduation Application Fee. PhD and PsyD students must also submit the Dissertation Publication Fee; and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine students must also submit the Capstone Printing Fee. The application is invalid without the fee(s). The fees are non-refundable, even if it is determined that the student is not eligible to graduate. The application and fee(s) are required even for students who do not participate in Commencement. See the academic calendar for the application deadline.

Degree Conferral Dates

CIIS has three degree conferral dates per year: the final day of each "reporting" semester. The reporting semester ends on the last day of the SPPH/SCT semester or the SUS/ACTCM semester, whichever is later. A degree will not be conferred earlier, even for students who've completed their academic requirements. See the Graduation Guidebook for the specific dates.

Diploma and Transcript

CIIS issues a diploma and one official transcript after confirming that:

• All academic requirements have been fulfilled.

All Library materials have been returned

• Financial Aid recipients have conducted exit loan counseling.

• MCP students have submitted all case notes, termination forms and case summaries, monthly reports, outstanding debt letters to clients, and practicum site keys.

• PsyD students have completed the department’s exit survey.

Official transcripts but not diplomas are issued to students who have unmet financial obligations.

The diploma and transcript are ready approximately three and-a-half months after the semester of graduation. See the Graduation Guidebook for specific dates. Students wanting additional copies of the transcript must submit a Transcript Request and fee.

Graduation Survey

All graduation applicants are sent a link to the university's graduation survey. The information gathered helps CIIS see what we are doing well and what we can to better for the benefit of future students. The survey, while optional, is therefore strongly encouraged.

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