A degree is conferred when the student has completed all academic, financial, and graduation requirements for the course of study as outlined in the University Handbook and with approval of the Board of Trustees. All students must complete program coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0. DSc and PhD degree students must additionally pass a qualifying exam, complete practicum hours (as applicable), and satisfy all the steps in the dissertation process (committee formation, proposal development and defense, IRB approval) leading to the final defense and subsequent submission and acceptance of the bound dissertation. DNP and SLP students must additionally complete and successfully defend the capstone project (which may also require intermediate steps such as proposal defense, capstone advisor approval, and submission of the bound copy of the capstone project).
Students must apply for graduation by completing the graduation application. A graduation fee of $75 for all degree programs is due before the application can be processed. After the application is submitted, the Registrar’s Office conducts an audit of academic records and the University Finance Office audits the financial records. Students who clear the academic audit and desire their diplomas/transcripts released upon degree conferral must be cleared by the financial audit.
Recommendations for degree conferral require sequential approval of the Program Director or Co-Directors, the Provost, and the President, who recommends conferral to the Board of Trustees (BoT). The Chair of the BoT confers all degrees awarded by RMUoHP. Following BoT approval, the degree is officially conferred, and the graduate can begin using the credentials once notified by the Registrar’s Office. The following will occur once the Registrar’s Office is notified of the BoT action: 1) the Registrar’s Office will notify the student of approval via email or other written format, 2) the diploma will be ordered, and 3) the diploma will be mailed to the student with a copy of the final official transcript. Those students who have completed all academic requirements and have had their degree conferred, but who also have outstanding financial obligations to the University, will not receive official transcripts and diplomas until cleared by the University Finance Office.