Students nearing the end of their degree program must complete the Application for Degree form in the Student Portal.
NOTE: If you will complete your Thesis at the end of the current term but have not filled out a degree application, or if you forgot to select a declared emphasis (if applicable) on your degree application, contact your MFA Advisor as soon as possible.
DEGREE APPLICATION INFORMATION
The Application for Degree is an online form accessible in the Student Portal that must be filled out and submitted toward the end of your degree program. Every MFA student must complete a degree application form in the student portal by the appropriate deadline, following the instructions below. Students who have officially declared an emphasis (optional) must select the appropriate emphasis on the degree application form in order to have that info appear on their transcripts (emphases are not listed on diplomas).
DEADLINES TO SUBMIT DEGREE APPLICATION:
- If you will complete your degree in December 2019 (at the end of fall quarter 2019), you should have completed the electronic degree application form in your student portal no later than May 30, 2019. If you have not yet completed the form, try choosing December 2019 on the degree application form now, and if the system will not allow you to choose that date past the deadline, click the Miss a deadline? link in the deadlines chart at the top right of the form for further instructions. You may need to contact your advisor for additional paperwork to complete.
- If you will complete your degree in March 2020 or May 2020 (at the end of the SP I or SP II 8-week online term in 2020), or in June 2020 (at the end of the on-campus SP QTR cluster), you must complete the electronic degree application form in your student portal no later than December 30, 2019.
- If you will complete your degree after the end of the summer 8-week term SU 20 (which runs May 18 to July 12), you will need to choose the graduation date of August 2020 (as there is no July grad date option), and you must complete the electronic degree application form in your student portal no later than February 28, 2020.
- If you will complete your degree in October 2020 (at the end of the FA I 20 term) or in December 2020 (at the end of the FA II 20 term), you must complete the electronic degree application form in your student portal no later than May 30, 2020.
NOTE: A chart of Degree Application Deadlines is available at the bottom of this post.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE ONLINE DEGREE APPLICATION:
- In your Student Portal, you will see a menu item in the left column called My Forms. You will click this link to access the online degree application (Application for Degree form).
- Type your name exactly as you'd like it to appear on your diploma.
- Choose your MFA Advisor from the advisor drop-down list.
- Choose the degree MFA in Writing. Do NOT choose Creative Writing (this is an undergraduate focus for the BA in English degree).
- If you have officially declared an emphasis (by contacting your MFA Advisor to request this, filling out the required paperwork, returning the paperwork to your Advisor, and receiving all approvals), then you must choose your emphasis area from the drop-down list on the application form (Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Nonfiction).
- Choose the graduation date that reflects when you will complete your degree requirements. This is the end of your final term, when you will complete your Thesis class. (The Thesis class must be taken in your final term in the program.) See the chart at the end of this post for guidance.
- Note that your graduation date/your date of degree completion is not the same as the date of the graduation ceremony (Commencement). Two ceremonies are held each year. The May ceremony is open to students who complete their degrees in March through June. The December ceremony is open to students who complete their degrees in August through December. It is not required to walk in the ceremony. The MFA Reading event is usually held the night before graduation, to allow students who are travelling from out-of-state to participate in both events. Reading event information will be sent to students and alumni, who must respond to request participation. Contact your MFA Advisor with any questions.
Once your degree application has been approved, your student account will list the $125 graduation fee. This is a flat fee for all Lindenwood University students and does not reflect whether or not you plan to walk in the graduation ceremony. Contact the Business Office with any questions.
DETERMINING YOUR DEGREE COMPLETION DATE:
- Click on My Transcript in the student portal to see the number of credit hours you have completed to date. (Note that the auto Degree Audit function in the portal does not always accurately reflect MFA classes and may note some as Electives, but all MFA classes do count toward your degree. Your advisor will individually approve all degree audits to verify your graduation date.)
- The MFA in Writing degree requires 48 credit hours. The last 3 credit hours taken must be the Graduate Thesis class. (Additional classes can be taken along with the 3-credit Thesis. At least 6 credit hours taken across 16 weeks are required for financial aid/student loan eligibility.)
- Estimate the number of credit hours you plan to take each term. (Each online class is 3 credit hours; each on-campus cluster is 9 credit hours until June 2020, then each on-campus class will be 3 credit hours.) We offer five 8-week terms per year. This will determine your projected date of graduation.
- If you have taken graduate classes at other universities that are applicable to the MFA degree, email your advisor to request a transfer evaluation (if your admissions rep did not already complete this step during the university admissions process). Up to 9 credit hours of applicable graduate coursework may be applied to your MFA at LU. The graduate transfer credit process is not automatic and must be requested via email to your advisor. This should be done as early as possible to allow time for the transfer credit to be approved and applied to your LU transcript, so that you can accurately determine your projected date of graduation.
- If you have declared an emphasis area for the MFA degree, the total number of credit hours required remains the same, but you must have taken at least 27 credit hours in your emphasis area, you must include at least one of the required Foundational classes for your emphasis area as part of your 48 credit hours of coursework, and your Thesis must focus primarily on the emphasis area.
- Contact your advisor with any questions about your degree plan.
DEGREE APPLICATION DEADLINES:
|If your degree will be completed in:||Application is due in the student portal by:|
|MARCH (final term SP I 20 - online)||December 30, 2019|
|MAY (final term SP II 20 - online)||December 30, 2019|
|JUNE (final term SP QTR 20 - on-campus)||December 30, 2019|
|AUGUST (final term SU 20 - online)||February 28, 2020|
|OCTOBER (final term FA I 20 - online & on-campus)||May 30, 2020|
|DECEMBER (final term FA II 20)||May 30, 2020|