Degree Clearance

Application for Graduation

Students are not automatically evaluated for graduation. They must apply for graduation via the Apply to Graduate link in their MyOSU account. It is recommended that students apply for graduation three terms prior to the term in which they intend to complete their degree requirements. Applications must be submitted no later than the end of the second week of the term in which the student plans to complete degree requirements

Double Degrees, Dual Majors, Honors Degrees, Certificates

According to Academic Regulations 26, a student may earn two or more degrees simultaneously. A student must complete a minimum of 32 credits above the minimum number of credits needed for one of the degrees. Students may also earn two or more majors within a single degree program, per Academic Regulations 27. Students completing the Honors College curriculum receive an honors degree in the college of their major, e.g. HBS Honors Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or HBA Honors Bachelor of Arts in English.

Advisor & Registrar Roles in Degree Clearance

The Office of the Registrar monitors institutional requirements as defined in Academic Regulation 25, while the academic college and departmental advisors monitor baccalaureate core, college, major, option, and minor requirements.

Degree Clearance Timeline

Degree clearance deadlines, reports are produced, communications are sent, degrees are awarded, and more.

Degree Clearance Process Graphic

MyDegrees Exceptions Access Policy

Individuals with the authority to make exceptions for students in MyDegrees should familiarize themselves with the terms of our exceptions policy.

Application for Graduation

Application for Graduation

Double Degrees, Dual Majors, Honors Degrees, Certificates

Double Degrees

A student may earn multiple, different degrees simultaneously. Additional degrees may also be earned after your first degree was awarded. The degrees may be offered by the same college, or by different colleges. To earn a double degree, or for each additional degree, a student must complete a minimum of 32 credits above the minimum number of credits needed for one of the degrees. Each degree application is reviewed by the appropriate academic advisor. Advisors complete a separate graduation audit for each of the degrees.

On the student’s academic record, each degree awarded will be recorded as a separate degree with its major, e.g. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Bachelor of Arts in English. The student will also receive a separate diploma for each degree awarded (See Academic Regulation 26).

Some double-degree programs — Education (BA, BS, HBA, HBS), Innovation Management (BA, BS, HBA, HBS), Sustainability (BS, HBS), International Studies (BA, HBA) — require that a primary degree be completed in order for the secondary degree to be awarded. When multiple degrees are not dependent on one another, one of the degrees may be awarded even though requirements for the other degree have not yet met. The double degree may be earned concurrently or subsequently. (See Academic Regulation 26.)

Dual (or Multiple) Majors

Though less common, a student may receive a single degree with multiple majors.  Often the number of credits required to complete the requirements for multiple majors allows a student to earn multiple degrees, but that is not always the case. Dual majors are most often obtained within the same college. The degree requirements for both majors are reviewed by your advisor.

When the degree is awarded there will be one degree award with two majors recorded on the student’s record.  The student will receive one diploma. Dual majors may be obtained concurrently with the completion of the degree, or in some cases may be earned as a credential subsequent to completion of the degree (See Academic Regulations 27).

Honors Degrees

Students completing the honors college curriculum receive an honors degree in the college of their major, e.g. HBS Honors Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or HBA Honors Bachelor of Arts in English. In some cases it might be possible for an Honors College student to earn multiple degrees simultaneously, each of which would be recorded as an Honors degree.

Students seeking an honors degree must meet the requirements of the Honors College in order to receive their degree. Students that complete an Honors degree will have the honors degree recorded on their academic record. The student’s diploma will also include the honors degree designation (e.g. Honors Bachelor of Science, etc.).


Students completing a certificate concurrently with their major must apply for graduation twice — one graduation application for the major and another graduation application for the certificate.

When the certificate is awarded, it will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

Advisor & Registrar Roles

The Advisor Role

  • Select students by graduation term
  • Review audit for accuracy and completeness
  • Notify students if curriculum change is needed (i.e. add a minor)
  • Create Substitutions and exceptions for major, option, minor or bacc core for area of responsibility
  • Create Checklist Notes for Registrars (DEGR1, DEGR2, DEGR3)
  • Goal is completed Degree Checklist. Intro to MyDegrees documentation is available to assist you in the use of the sytem.

The Registrar Role

  • Select students by graduation term
  • Review university degree requirements
  • Review Checklist Notes from Advisors (DEGR1, DEGR2, DEGR3)
  • Clear exceptions as necessary
  • Re-run degree audits for most current degree checklist without current or future registration.
  • Review audits for completeness and Checklist Notes from Advisors
  • Communicate progress to students:
    • Email ONID account with information about the clearance process and any existing deficiencies.
    • Deficiencies that would prevent awarding of the degree will be recorded as a graduation hold which is visible in MyOSU.
  • Produce PDF of Final Audit for storage in NOLIJ
  • Award degrees

Degree Clearance Timeline

Week of Term





One week prior to start of term

New audits are run for pending graduates


Registrar’s sends notification of insufficient institutional deficiencies to student (OSU Residency, DFL, Overal Credits, Upper Division)


3rd week

Run new audits for pending graduates

Report for current pending graduates is sent to the head advisor of each college,




8th week

Run new audits for pending graduates

Report for current pending graduates is sent to the head advisor of each college.




10th week

Run new audits for pending graduates


Registrar’s Office sends notification of degree deficiencies (majors, minors, option, & institutional deficiencies)


End of Degree Process

Award degrees to 100% complete students


send notices of congratulations to graduated students

send cancellation notices to students that did not graduate (includes specific deficiencies)

If requirements are not met:

Any unmet requirements indicated on the degree audit must be resolved prior to a degree being awarded. In the event that a student is unable to graduate at the end of the term for which he or she has applied, the student should be directed to cancel his or her existing application for graduation and submit a new application for the future term in which the student will complete the requirements.

When will degrees be awarded?

Degree clearance requires approximately 4 weeks after the conclusion of the term. When degrees are awarded they will be posted to student transcripts where students may view it. Also, the Office of the Registrar will send a notice of congratulation to the student ONID email address once the degree is awarded. It is the responsibility of students to confirm their degree award.

MyDegrees Exceptions Access Policy

MyDegrees allows advisors to apply exceptions to a student's audit to clear degree requirements. These exceptions are part of the audit trail of the degree clearance process.

Users with exceptions privileges may apply exceptions only in their areas of responsibility.

Exceptions may not be applied to university level requirements; these are the responsibility of the Registrar's Office.

Users applying exceptions privileges inappropriately will receive a warning and the exception will be reversed. Continued violations will result in revocation of the user’s exceptions privileges.