Masters Candidates

Path to Graduation:

Curriculum and Registration


  • Review MAE Graduate Course Advising information.
  • MS students must be registered every semester until graduation.
  • Students must register for at least one credit during the semester immediately preceding your degree conferral date. (February Conferral Requires Fall Registration & June/September Conferral Requires Spring Registration)
  • If conferring, be sure that there are no incomplete (I/U) grades or missing grades on your record.

Choose MS Option

  • Students must choose their MS Program Option no later than their second semester, preferably in the first semester. Note that all students enter UB under the All-Course Option.

Minimum Credits: 30 | Minimum GPA: 3.00

Thesis | Project | Exam

Thesis Option

  1. You must submit your Thesis to the Graduate School.
  2. Schedule your Thesis defense with Rosemary Lombardo. 
    (Defenses can be scheduled in 340C Bell, 321 Jarvis, 206 Furnas, 603 Furnas or 1014 Furnas.)
  3. Submit your defense announcements to Rosemary.

Project Option

  1. Schedule your Project defense with Rosemary Lombardo
    (Defenses can be scheduled in 340C Bell, 321 Jarvis, 206 Furnas, 603 Furnas or 1014 Furnas.)
  2. Submit your defense announcements to Rosemary.
Thesis/Project Materials Due

June 1, 2021 Conferral: May 14, 2021; August 31, 2021 Conferral: August 13, 2021

*Students should defend at least two days prior to these deadlines.

All Course w/ Comprehensive Exam Option

You will receive notification from the Director of Graduate Studies when your C-Exam will take place.

Required Paperwork

NOTE: The Graduate Coordinator will take care of the M Form for the Graduate School.

  1. The Intent to Graduate Form must be completed by all conferring MS students. 
     June 1, 2021 Conferrals (due February 22) | August 31, 2021 Conferrals (due July 15)
  2. Apply for Graduation in HUB: June 2021 Conferrals (due by February 22) | August 31, 2021 Conferrals (due by July 15)
  3. Thesis Students: Submit your Electronic Thesis (ETD) form to the Graduate School.
  4. The Exit Survey is to be filled out by all students leaving UB.
  5. The Department Lab Checklist should be filled out if you were in a lab setting.

Reminder: if full-time status is required in final 2 semesters, the Certification of Full-Time Student Status form must be completed.

Intent to Graduate Form Deadline

June 1, 2021 Conferral: February 22, 2021; August 31, 2021 Conferral: July 15, 2021


For all information regarding steps to graduation, cap and gowns, ceremonies and more.

2020 Commencement: Information to come!