Graduation Candidacy Information for Online Master's Students

In order to graduate, you must declare candidacy for the semester in which you intend to graduate by the designated deadline; you can find the deadline calendar on the Grad School website,, and select Academic Calendar. Beginning Summer 2021, you will be able to declare candidacy by using the scheduling assistant within myPurdue and registering for either CAND 991, 992, or 993 (Form 23 is no longer used).

CAND 991: The only candidacy in which you can be registered for any other courses and/or research.  (International students registering for candidacy and less than full-time, need to request approval for a reduced course load from ISS.)

PLEASE NOTE: Being registered as a candidate does not automatically register you for the commencement ceremony. If you plan to participate in commencement, you must respond by using the commencement tab on myPurdue. It will be added to your myPurdue account after a specified date in the semester you have registered as a candidate. For more information on the Commencement ceremonies, visit

For specific semester graduation deadlines, please see the Graduate School calendar.

For Non-Thesis Candidates:

Non-thesis Master’s students need to declare candidacy by the deadline designated by the Graduate School, but preferably during registration before the start of classes (see the deadline calendar on the Grad School website,, and select Academic Calendar.)

  • Review the Candidate Student Checklist for Non-Thesis Online, to make sure you have met all the requirements to file for candidacy.
  • Register for candidacy (CAND 991) through the scheduling assistant within myPurdue.
  • Make sure your Plan of Study has been approved and is current; your titles and course numbers on your plan of study precisely match your transcript; you degree type is correct (thesis option or non-thesis option); and your committee members are current and meet the degree requirements.

It will be your responsibility to make the above changes to your Plan of Study. If grades for courses you have completed are not showing in your Plan of Study, and you’ve confirmed that your course title and number match what is on your transcript, please follow up with the Graduate School at

You MUST complete the Graduate School Exit Questionnaire by the last day of classes. The questionnaire is accessed by logging on to myPurdue. (Click on the “Academic” tab, then the “Graduate School Plan of Study” link. Once you log-in there, you’ll see the link to your questionnaire.)

Your GPA must be 2.85 or higher to graduate. If you know you will be receiving an “I” (incomplete) in a course, notify the ME Graduate Office immediately. Failure to do so may require additional registration and fees. You will not be able to graduate until all coursework is complete.

Complete the ME Exit Form and email it to the ME Graduate Office. (Please note:  Not returning the Exit Form may result in a delay in the posting of your degree.)

Diplomas are mailed out 6-8 weeks after commencement ceremonies are held.  If you need certification of your anticipated graduation date, contact Office of the Registrar. You can also request a Certified Electronic copy of your diploma, once Purdue has requested printing.  Please see for more information.


ME Graduate Office
585 Purdue Mall (Room 1003)
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-5730