Degree Completion and Conferral

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's policy on Degree Completion may be found in the Student Handbook. A student must complete all program requirements before their degree can be conferred. Academic program requirements include but are not limited to coursework, clinical training (practicum/internship), and a capstone project, i.e. thesis, dissertation.

A candidate's degree progress and eligibility for conferral is assessed by the Office of the Registrar. A student must file the Petition for Degree Conferral form by the deadlines listed below in order to be considered for degree conferral. Late petitions are not accepted.

Note: Doctoral students who opt to earn a nested master's degree are required to petition for the master's degree and are subject to all degree conferral requirements.

Petition for Degree Conferral ​

Filing the Petition for Degree Conferral form will initiate the degree auditing and, if earned, degree conferral procedures. Once the petition is completed and submitted, the petitioner will receive a notification of receipt email at their TCSPP email address. This email  will serve as confirmation that the petition has been received in the Office of the Registrar.

Click here to complete The Petition for Degree Conferral


Degree Conferral Procedure 

The Office of the Registrar operates within these timeframes related to degree completion:

  • Degree Audited and Conferred – Will occur 6-8 weeks after a student completes the final term of enrollment assuming all of final grades have been posted for degree auditing and processing.
  • Diploma Ordered – Diploma orders are placed on the last working day of the month in which the degree/certificate was conferred.​
  • Diploma Delivered – Will occur 6-8 weeks after a student’s diploma is ordered, assuming his/her student account is clear of holds.

Degree Conferral Fee

​The $215 degree conferral fee is paid by all students enrolled in degree-seeking programs. This fee funds degree auditing and other related activities, and it i s assessed to a student's account within 30 business days of petition. The fee may be paid online via myChicagoSchool or mailed to the Office of Student Accounts.

Certificate students do not pay the degree conferral fee.


Petition for Degree Conferral: Filing Deadlines

Ground Degree Programs

Term

Award Date

Earliest Submission

Petition Deadline

Fall 2019

12/15/19

8/19/19

12/1/19

Spring 2020

4/26/20

1/2/20

4/12/20

Summer 2020-8 Weeks

7/6/20

4/27/20

6/22/20

Summer 2020-12 Weeks

8/23/20

4/27/20

7/19/20

Summer 2020-15 Weeks

8/23/20

4/27/20

7/19/20

Fall 2020

12/20/20

8/23/20

12/6/20

Spring 2021

5/2/21

1/10/21

4/18/21

Summer 2021-8 Weeks

7/3/21

4/25/21

6/20/21

Summer 2021-15 Weeks


8/29/21


5/23/21


8/15/21




Online Degree Programs

Term

Award Date

Earliest Submission

Petition Deadline

Fall I, 2019

10/20/19

8/19/19

10/6/19

Fall II, 2019

12/15/19

8/19/19

12/1/19

Spring I, 2020

3/1/20

1/2/20

2/18/20

Spring II, 2020

4/26/20

1/2/20

2/18/20

Summer I, 2020

6/28/20

4/27/20

6/25/20

Summer II, 2020

8/23/20

4/27/20

7/19/20

Fall I, 2020

10/25/20

8/23/20

10/11/20

Fall II, 2020

12/20/20

8/23/20

12/6/20

Spring I, 2021

3/7/21

1/10/21

2/21/21

Spring I, 2021

5/2/21

1/10/21

4/18/21

Summer I, 2021

7/3/21

5/23/21

6/27/21

Summer II, 2021

8/29/21

5/23/21

8/15/21


Students completing Dissertation or Thesis, Internship or Practicum

A student whose final degree program requirement is completion of a practicum and/or internship must be enrolled in a corresponding course unless the practicum or internship concludes prior to the end of the term/semester. A student whose final degree program requirement is a thesis or copy editing of a dissertation must be enrolled in a corresponding course unless the copy editing will be completed prior to the end of the term/semester. Please refer to the Degree Completion of the Student Handbook for more information on degree conferral dates.

Diplomas and/or Certificates

Diplomas and certificates are typically available six (6) to eight (8 ) weeks after all degree requirements have been verified and degree has been conferred by the Office of the Registrar. Expedited requests cannot be honored. 

A student will be sent an email from The Chicago School (idiploma@theawardgroup.com ) regarding ordering  of the complimentary diploma or certificate. A student has the option to order additional diploma/certificate copies and a frame in which the diploma or certificate may be displayed. To ensure receipt of this important email, a student should add the email address to their address book and monitor their email account closely, including the spam and junk folders.

All diplomas and certificates are mailed to the student's address of record with TCSPP. A student is strongly encouraged to verify the accuracy of the address of record upon degree completion. A student will also have an opportunity to update the mailing address when confirming the complimentary diploma/certificate order from The Chicago School .  If a student fails to keep an accurate address on record with the school that results in a diploma or certificate being mailed to the wrong location, the student will be responsible for the diploma or certificate replacement cost. A diploma cannot be delivered to a P.O. box. 

A student may not receive transcripts, a diploma, a certificate, or other official school documentation until all library materials are returned, any outstanding tuition and fees or other indebtedness to the institution are paid, and financial aid exit counseling is completed. When an account hold is resolved, a student is responsible for contacting the Office of the Registrar to request the release of the diploma or certificate.  The diploma or certificate will not be ordered until all holds are resolved and notification of such is received from the student.   

Diploma and/or Certificate Name

All diplomas and certificates are issued in the student's name of record with TCSPP.  The diploma or certificate name may not include any degree abbreviation or other titles. To change the name of record with TCSPP, the student must submit a Student Personal Information  Change Request with supporting legal documentation (driver's license, marriage certificate, passport, court order, etc.) to the Office of the Registrar. A student must complete the Duplicate Diploma Request  for any name changes made after the diploma or certificate is issued and pay the replacement fee in order to receive a new document

Diploma and/or Certificate  Replacement

A lost or damaged diploma or certificate may be replaced for a fee. The replacement diploma or certificate will bear the signatures of current school officials but carry the original degree awarded date and degree title.   The diploma or certificate will indicate that the document has been reissued.  To order, a graduate must complete the Duplicate Diploma Request , and submit to the Office of the Registrar. A replacement fee is assessed at the time of the order. ​