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To graduate, a student must submit the Application for Degree in the term of expected graduation by the deadline noted in the academic calendar. If a student applies for graduation and is not approved, a new Application for Degree must be submitted by the deadline in a new term.

View this presentation on COPH Graduation Information. It will walk you through the COPH graduation application process and answer common questions.

COPH Application for Degree Process

  1. Complete the University’s Application to Degree in OASIS.
    1. Register to participate in the commencement ceremony.
  2. Turn in a completed Program of Study POS) for your degree program. Access the programs of study in the Guidebook
    1. Please complete the POS and email the PDF to Do Not submit a copy of your Archivum plan of study.
    2. Masters student:, your programs of study does not need to be signed by your advisor. However it does need to list the name of both your academic advisor and faculty mentor.
    3. PhD/DrPH students: Submit the most updated  program of study with the the signature of your major professor on the signature page.
  3. Complete the online competencies before graduation (applicable only to those using a program of study prior to fall 2017).
  4. An invitation to complete the COPH Exit Survey will be emailed to you. Complete the exit survey before graduation.


PHD and MSPH Students

For your dissertation or thesis, all requirements and deadlines for the Graduate Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Resource Center must be met. Visit the site early to view their checklists and schedule. A bound copy of your dissertation/thesis will be required when submitting your Certificate of Approval to COPH Academic and Student Affairs (The Well, MDA 1006).


  • The POS differs for each catalog year. Please turn in the POS based on the catalog year you started your program or based on change of catalog year.
  • Check USF Health email for any updates on your graduation status.
  • Students who are certified to graduate will receive their diploma two months after the commencement ceremony.

Academic Guidelines:

  • Failure to complete the full application process may result in the denial of your graduation application. The denial would require you to re-apply the following term and register for an additional 2 credit hours.
  • Students must be registered for at least 2 graduate hours in the semester of graduation.
  • All incomplete & missing grades must be cleared by the last day of classes of the semester you are graduating. See the instructor to request a change of grade.

All issues must be resolved before the last day of classes.

Address all questions and concerns to


Additional Information

 Catalog Year

The USF Tampa Graduate Catalog, including college and program requirements, and program and course descriptions, is available on the web at Each Catalog is published and in effect for the academic term(s) noted on the title page.

There may be circumstances in which a student may need to change their catalog year. This must be initiated through a discussion with your academic advisor. Details regarding USF policy on changing catalog year can be found at

 Graduation Requirements

It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that he/she has met all degree requirements (e.g. be in good standing) as specified in the Policies and Degree Requirements sections of this publication, as well as any College and Program requirements for the degree.

 Relocation & Completing your Degree

If you are relocating you will need to meet with your advisor as soon as possible to discuss a plan to complete any unfinished course work. Contact the COPH Academic and Student Affairs Office prior to your departure to coordinate all of your final paperwork 813-974-6505.

 USF Main Campus Commencement

After all of the requirements for the degree have been fulfilled, graduate students may participate in commencement exercises. If you are participating in the commencement ceremony on main campus, you will need to order your cap and gown from the USF Bookstore on main campus. For more information about the USF Commencement Ceremony see their web site:

 COPH Graduation Celebration

The College of Public Health holds a Graduation Celebration for our Graduates.  The Dean's Office will be mailing an invitation to all students who are anticipating graduation at that time.


Diplomas are mailed to the student’s permanent address approximately six to eight weeks after commencement.  Students with a change of address need to fill out a change of address form at the Registrar’s office. Questions regarding diplomas and degree certification should be directed to the Registrar’s office at 813-974‐2000. 

 Letters of Certification

College of Public Health can provide an expected letter of completion the semester the student applies for graduation (upon request). Please keep in mind some institutions, employers, and programs may not accept our expected letter of completion, if the the establishment requires the Registrar's signature please contact the Registrar's Office:

 Posthumous Degrees or Degrees in Memoriam

The University may award a posthumous master’s or doctoral (and medical) degree to a student who was in good standing at the University at the time of his or her death and who had completed all substantive requirements for the degree. The University may also award masters, doctoral and medical degrees in memoriam to a student who was in good standing at the University at the time of his or her death.

To award a non‐thesis degree, the student would need to have completed all courses required for the degree.  Courses required for the degree, in which the student is enrolled at the time of his or her death, must have been completed to the satisfaction of the faculty so that passing grades might be posted. All other requirements (e.g., grade point average, tests, etc.) must have been satisfied as well.

To award a thesis degree, all courses must be completed as described above and the thesis must be sufficiently complete to the satisfaction of the faculty so that certification of completion may be posted to the student’s record.

 Procedures for Award of Posthumous Degrees or Degrees in Memoriam

Following is from the USF Graduate Catalog (Graduation Information and Post-Doctoral Affairs)

Departmental Chairs, or appropriate faculty members, on his or her own initiative or upon the request of the family of the student, may recommend a posthumous degree, or a degree in memoriam, by forwarding the recommendation to the respective College Dean and then to the Office of Graduate Studies Dean. If approved by the Office of Graduate Studies Dean, the recommendation with supporting documentation will be forwarded to the Provost for approval.  If the Provost approves the recommendations, the Office of the Registrar will be notified and the degree will be awarded at the next commencement ceremony or will be presented to the student's family in an appropriate setting.

Diplomas for posthumous degrees will be identical to other degrees awarded in the same colleges and majors. Diplomas for Degrees in Memoriam will be prepared to read “Master of Arts in Memoriam, Master of Science in Memoriam,” “Doctor of Philosophy in Memoriam,” etc., depending upon the degree the student was pursuing at the time of his or her death.


Transcripts of a student's USF academic record may be requested by the student through the Office of the Registrar. A student's academic record can only be released upon authorization of the student. Students requesting transcripts may do so in person or by writing to the Office of the Registrar. By law, the request must include the student's signature and date. For transcripts to be issued, the student must have no financial obligations to the University. Procedures for requesting a transcript are available on the Office of the Registrar’s website at Degree statements are posted approximately five weeks after the graduation ceremony. Current term grades are posted approximately one week after the final exams end. If grades for the current term are needed, clearly indicate that the transcript request is to be held for grades.

 USF and USF Health Email Accounts
Your USF email and your USF Health email accounts will remain active indefinitely after graduation. 
 Graduate Certificates

Students who have completed a Graduate Certificate Program should contact the Graduate Certificate Office, 813-974-2442, for the procedure to receive their Graduate Certificate (see Graduate Certificate Completion Process on their web site).

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