Degree Completion and Conferral

Pacific Oaks College’s policy on Degree Conferral may be found in the Pacific Oaks College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.  Students must complete all of their 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, portfolio. A candidate’s degree progress and eligibility for conferral is assessed by the Office of the Registrar.  All students must file the Petition for Degree Conferral form by the deadlines stipulated below in order to be considered for degree conferral.

Petition for Degree Completion

Form Filing the Petition for Degree Completion form will initiate the degree auditing and, if merited, degree conferral procedures.  Once the form is completed and submitted, the petitioner will receive an e-mail to their PO student email account.  This will serve as confirmation that the petition has been received in the Office of the Registrar.  Students who fail to complete their degree requirements by the end of the semester/session they indicated are required to file a new petition with an updated semester/session of degree completion.

Degree Conferral Timeline

The Office of the Registrar operates within these timeframes related to degree completion: * Degree Conferral – 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.  A notification will be sent to the student’s PO email once the degree has officially been conferred. * Diploma  – The official diploma will be available 7 to 10 business days after a student’s degree is conferred, assuming his/her student account is clear of holds.  A notification will be sent to the graduate’s PO email when the diploma is available.  The graduate may choose to have the diploma picked up or mailed.

Degree Conferral Fee

The degree conferral fee for bachelor level students is $45.  The degree conferral fee for master level students is $65.  This fee covers administrative costs to review degree completion.  There is a $40 late fee for petitions submitted after the deadline.


After the Petition for Degree Completion form is submitted, the degree conferral fee will be charged to your student account. If you wish to pay by credit card, please call the Business Office at 626.529.8466 or 800-645-8603 (Option #2).  You may also pay with a credit card via the Student Gateway Portal.​