Degree Completion

Conferring of Degrees

Degrees are conferred on August 31st, December 31st and at the formal Commencement exercise in May. All students completing their degrees are invited to participate and will receive information regarding the Commencement ceremony. Information also is available online at www.arcadia.edu in early March. Attendance at Commencement is not mandatory. All program requirements must be met before a graduate degree can be conferred.

Notification of Expected Completion of Degree Requirements

Students are responsible for notifying the University of their expected date for completion of degree requirements. Forms are available online at www.arcadia.edu/gsforms. Forms are also available in the Registrar’s Office (Taylor Hall, Room 103).

Fulfillment of Degree Requirements

Faculty advisers, graduate program directors and the staff of the Office of Graduate Studies are available to assist students. Procedures have been developed to check progress toward the degree. It is the student’s responsibility, however, to know the requirements for his or her degree and to fulfill them.

In addition to, or independent of, a master’s degree, students may prepare for teacher certification granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

Degree Completion for Cohort Graduate Programs

  • Doctor of Education in Special Education—three years plus extension for dissertation
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy—two and one half years
  • Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution—two years; three years for part-time track
  • Master of Business Administration—18 months
  • Master of Medical Science (Physician Assistant)—two years; three years for dual degree and three-year track
  • Master of Science in Forensic Science—two years
  • Master of Science in Genetic Counseling—two years

Degree Completion for Graduate Programs with Rolling Admission Six years from the first enrollment in coursework relating to the degree:

  • Certificate of Advanced Study
  • Master of Arts in Counseling 
  • Master of Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Humanities
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Science in Health Education
  • Master of Public Health
  • Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

In all of the above programs, students may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis; if they do not want to pursue a degree or certification, they may request permission to enroll as Special Status students.