Graduation Requirements

Students must complete the requisite coursework to advance to M.F.A. candidacy, meet deadlines, and submit their final thesis project to ProQuest to graduate. Gradaution requirements include the following:      

1.  Successful completions of all required courses totaling 60 units

2.  Successful completions of thesis research paper and project

3.  Petition for Candidacy form

4.  Degree Processing Fee

5.  Thesis turned in to Proquest


1. Successful completion of all required courses totalling 60 units

Creating your academic plan with the help of your advisor is the key for a prompt and successful completion of your course-work requirements.  At the end of your last June, once all grades have been published, the Registrar will conduct a degree audit to confirm that all coursework requirements, including both components of your thesis, have been met.

2. Successful completion of thesis research paper and project

The Thesis course is the culmination of the MFA in Dance; it is designed for the student to conduct his/her own independent research that will culminate with the final presentation of the Thesis project. The student’s creative process is guided and supervised by the Thesis chair assigned to him/her. During the last two terms of the MFA course of study, the student is expected to finish the two components of the Thesis project: (1) creation of the Thesis artistic work and (2) written document. Both of these Thesis elements are intended to be a substantial and thoroughly researched piece of work and must demonstrate the knowledge and understanding gained in all the other parts of the MFA program.

3. Petition for Candidacy

In order for the MFA degree in Dance to be granted, students are required to fill out this Petition for Candidacy form. The Petition for Candidacy Form must be completed no later than Monday, April 5, 2021 by 11:59pm.

*Note: diplomas are sent to the permanent address on record with the Office of the Registrar. Please be sure this is accurate with their office. Diplomas may be sent up to 4 months after successful completion of all degree requirements.

4. Degree Processing Fee

This $120 fee covers the processing of your degree and will be attached to your final Spring Term billing cycle. All students, regardless of whether or not they plan to participate in commencement ceremonies, must pay this fee to have their degree processed.  Degrees will not be awarded until all fees are paid.

5. Thesis upload to ProQuest

Once the final draft of your thesis document has been signed off by your Thesis Chair and other required signees, you will upload your thesis to ProQuest.  You are able to order bound copies of your document through the ProQuest website.

Click the above link to learn all about the required formatting for your thesis.

Ready to upload your thesis?  Visit to get started.

Please refer to the Commencement Weekend website for further details regarding all you need to know about the Graduate and Professional Studies event on Sunday, May 23, 2021 including important dates, times and deadlines as well as the Grad Fair information. 

Also, note that Saint Mary's offers a variety of Cultural Graduate Celebrations. You can register online for these events.  The deadline for registering for cultural graduation events is April 9, 2021.