Steps to Graduate

Before you are able to graduate, you are required to complete the following procedures. If you have any questions concerning this process, please contact Student Services. Learn about the Convocation ceremony.

MLIS Graduation Request

Fill out and submit the MLIS Graduation Request to convey your intention to graduate to the iSchool and confirm that you will meet all MLIS degree requirements by the end of the quarter in which you intend to graduate. This request is typically due at the end of the first week of the quarter in which you intend to graduate. You should submit your request a couple weeks prior to this so that Student Services can conduct a final audit. The program advisor will then audit your request to make sure that you have completed all of the required coursework in order to graduate. 

Master’s Degree Request

You must also submit your master's degree request online with The UW Graduate School.  This can be done starting on the first day of the quarter in which you intend to graduate and no later than Sunday of the seventh week of the quarter. If you do not file master's degree request by this deadline, you may pay the $250 degree late fee and apply up until the Sunday of the ninth week of the quarter. Learn more about this policy

Additional Information for MLIS Graduating Students


Washington State Librarian Certification 

This certification is administered by the Washington State Library in Olympia and is granted to individuals who have earned a Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program in library and information science. The certification application is available online and includes an application fee.

UW Diploma

Three or four months after you graduate your diploma will be sent to the permanent address on record in the MyUW website at the time of graduation. The name on the diploma will appear as it does on the MyUW website. Visit the UW Graduation, Commencement, and Diplomas website for more information.

Beta Phi Mu Honor Society

Annually the iSchool nominates MLIS graduates to the national Beta Phi Mu Honor Society. Nominees must have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.75 and be in the top 25% of the graduating class.  You will be notified in the fall following your graduation if you are nominated.

UW Computing Services

Reference UW IT Connect for information on accessing email and other computing services after graduation, and contact them with specific questions.