Graduation Requirements    
Students are encouraged to pair up with an Academic Advisor during their first semester of study at MUM. Advisors are available in every Academic Department and also in the Enrollment Center (for Undeclared Majors.) Academic Advisors are trained to assist students in class selections and to choose the most successful and efficient path to graduation. See Academic Advisors for a complete list of standard program advisors.

The faculty of MUM determine whether students are qualified to graduate. General education graduation requirements and major and minor requirements are determined by the Catalog in effect when students began studying at the University. (See the MUM Catalog Graduation Policies section for more details.)

MUM has two official graduation dates: one in December and one in May. The Graduation Ceremony takes place only once a year, in May.

Need a Transcript?    
Request a Transcript: Please go online to and complete the application

NOTE: Do not expect to receive your transcript immediately. Our goal is to provide your transcript as quickly as possible but the process involves approval from several Departments. Transcripts are legal documents and cannot be released until all approvals have been received. Please also note that transcripts showing a graduation date CANNOT be released before the actual graduation date.

Steps to Officially Graduate    
  1. Complete all your Degree Program's requirements.
  2. Complete a Forest Academy every semester you were enrolled full-time, and pass DC every semester.
  3. (For Undergraduates only) Complete all your General Education Requirements including a minimum of 128 course credits and completion of senior assessments.
  4. If any of your academic department's courses have been waived, your Department Academic Advisor must send written authorization to the Graduation Director in the Enrollment Center.
  5. Submit a Graduation Application online and pay graduation fee. You can pay your graduation fee online here as well (preferred method), or stop by the Enrollment Center. More details below. Review the Graduation FAQs.

    NOTE: The deadline for graduation application and fees is Thursday, November 1st for December's graduation and Monday, April 1st for May's graduation. (See the Academic Calendar)

    Payment must be made on time or you will not receive your diploma, or cap and gown.

    The graduation fee is $50. The cap and gown rental fee is $20. You can pay in cash or by check in person, or by credit card via Pay Pal online. (If you don't have a Pay Pal account, you can make a one-time payment via Pay Pal after you complete your online graduation application.) Checks should be made out to "Special Activities Fund" and given in person to the Graduation Director (Enrollment Center) or mailed to "Enrollment Center, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA 52557 attn: Graduation Director."
  6. Pay any outstanding student account balance, department fees or library fees.
Unsure if you're ready to graduate?

MS in Computer Science & Accounting MBA students: Contact your Registrar, Josh Doddema:, 641-472-7000 (ext. 4331)
All other students: contact the Graduation Director, Danella Lubar:, 641-472-7000 (ext. 2205). You can also request a degree check here.
As graduation nears:
  • Check the Departure Checklist for a complete list of possible items of business to take care of before graduation.
  • Check your email for graduation notices.
  • Give your suggestions for the traditional Class Gift.
  • (For Undergraduates only) Complete the Alumni Survey.
  • For International Students: if you are inviting out-of-town guests to Commencement, you can request an official letter of invitation, a schedule of events, and information about off-campus lodging. Contact your Graduation Director to request this.
  • Graduating students can receive up to 5 tickets for the Commencement Garden Party. Tickets will be available at the Cap and Gown meeting in May, or after the meeting at the Enrollment Center.
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