M.Ed. Graduate FAQ's

Registration and Status Changes

 How will I be registered?

You will be registered by an advisor once you have been accepted, and you will be notified through your Lamar University E-mail address about the registration and the payment procedures two weeks prior to the class start date. Please bookmark your LU Email address gateway, the LU Connect Self-Service Banner, once you have been accepted to the graduate program, and please do not forward the e-mail address to a different address.

You will be registered every five weeks by Student Services advisory staff based on the schedule of class rotation until you have completed your degree, unless you choose to drop a class or withdraw from the program. If you have not received a registration notification on Monday afternoon two weeks before the start date for classes, send an e-mail to us at luacademic@lamar.edu. We will investigate why you are not registered and take appropriate action.

How do I drop, withdraw, or change a start date?

In order to drop or withdraw you must fill out a Status Change Form found here and email it to luacademic@lamar.edu.

Students are strongly encouraged not to drop classes once they begin a program as doing so usually significantly extends the time they will spend picking up the missed course/s in the scheduled rotation.   

In order to change a start date:

Students who need to change their start date to another date within a semester need only email luacademicpartnershipadmissions@lamar.edu

Students who need to change to a start date that begins in a different semester-FALL, SPRING, SUMMER, must go to www.applytexas.org and update their application.


 What are the dress requirements for the graduation ceremony?

 Graduation attire: Lamar University tradition requires all degree candidates participating in the graduation ceremony to wear appropriate attire, as follows.

  • Males: Dark-colored suit, shoes and socks, white dress shirt, and a dark tie.
  • Females: All women must wear the collar arrangement furnished with the graduation gown. Corsages and purses are not allowed.
  • Mortarboard tassels must be worn to the right side of the cap.
  • No cell phones are allowed in the processional line or on stage.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.

Doctoral and Masters students must wear hoods with Lamar University School colors.

What additional graduation procedures should I be aware of?

 Name Cards: Degree candidates will pick up their name cards before lining up in the procession. These will be used by the announcer to read names as students cross the stage.

Guests: No tickets are required for guests of the graduates.

Announcements: Personalized announcements may be ordered through the bookstore.

Diplomas: Students will return in a procession to the assembly rooms to pick up diplomas following the ceremony. For those not attending the ceremony, your diploma will be mailed within the first business week following commencement. Please ensure your correct mailing address is on file.

Photographer: For your convenience, Lamar University has arranged for professional photography during the graduation ceremony. Photographs will be made available to graduates and their families at reasonable prices. After graduation, the photographer will mail a proof to your permanent address with a price list.

What happens if I fail to meet the deadline for submitting the graduation application and fees?

You must reapply for graduation for the following semester and re-pay the graduation fee. Graduation fees are not refundable and may not be transferred to another semester. All students must pay the graduation fee even if they are not attending the ceremony.

How do I pay the graduation fee?

After the university receives and processes your graduation application, the fee will be applied to your student account.

If I apply for graduation but do not complete my degree in time, what do I need to do?

You must reapply for graduation for the following semester (within the allotted time frames) and re-pay the application fee.

May I order more than one diploma?

Yes. Please indicate how many additional diplomas you would like on the graduation application. Each additional diploma is $25 each, and the fee will be applied to your account along with your graduation application fee and postage (if needed).

Do I have to apply for graduation?

Yes. If you do not apply for graduation, your degree will not be conferred.

When will my degree conferred?

To have your degree conferred, you must first apply and pay for graduation. The degree will confer the Monday following the graduation ceremony.

When will my transcript show my degree?

Your transcript will show your degree on the Monday following graduation. If you need a transcript verifying completion of your degree, you should select "Hold for Degree" when you order the transcript or wait to order the transcript until the Monday following graduation.

Are there honors for graduate students?

No. All graduate students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA to graduate.

How will I know if my application for graduation has been accepted? 

You will see the graduation fees posted to your account. You will not receive a confirmation email.

If you need a letter verifying completion of your degree, please send your request to recordsluacademicpartnerships@lamar.edu. Do not request this letter until all grades required for your degree have posted.

Applying for Graduation and Degree Conferral

All students who have finished all 36 hours of their program or will finish all 36 hours on or before the month previous to a graduation date in May, August or December are required to apply for graduation and submit graduation fees.  In order for your degree to be conferred, regardless of intent to participate in the graduation ceremony , the application must be completed and the graduation fee paid by the application deadline.

Your degree will not be conferred if you do not apply for graduation.  For students not participating in the graduation ceremony, diplomas will be mailed within the first business week following commencement. Please ensure your correct mailing address is on file.

You may find details about graduation and the application for graduation on our website, under the Student Services tab, sub-tab “Graduation”, or just click http://degree.lamar.edu/graduation.aspx 

Once you have applied and paid, the Finance Office will notify you that your fees have been posted.   




What is required in order to apply for principal certification?

If you have questions or need more information about the certification process, please contact us at luap-cert@lamar.edu, call 409.880.2125 or visit Lamar TExES and Certification.

How do I apply for principal certification? 

If you have questions or need more information about the certification process, please contact us at luap-cert@lamar.edu, call 409.880.2125 or visit Lamar TExES and Certification.

Notice to Out-of-State Principal Certification Students who plan to apply for a Texas Principal Certificate:

The Texas Education Agency requires students in online programs who live and/or work out of state and who plan to apply for Texas Principal Certification to undergo review of teaching credentials by the Texas Education Agency. The cost to the candidate for this service is $180.00.


What about the GRE?

GRE scores are one predictor of graduate school success. The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in evaluating grades and recommendations.  In the Lamar University College of Education and Human Development’s master’s online programs, an official GRE score report is not required for

a)     Students who have 3.0 GPA in their bachelor’s degree or a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 hours of college-level work.

b)     Students who have provided official transcripts for a conferred master's degree or equivalent from    an accredited United States college or university.

Those students who do not have the minimum GPA are required to take the GRE. Students required to take the GRE must meet the institutional GRE and GPA standard as stated in the Admissions criteria.(insert link to Admissions on the home page).

How to know if you need to take the GRE:

Once you have applied, you will receive a notice (or not) of University Acceptance. This notice means that your transcripts, certificates, etc. have been reviewed for general admission to Lamar University. But there is another important step: the graduate department to which you have applied must also accept you. 

Once the department accepts you, you will be classified as either accepted conditionally or accepted fully. If you are accepted conditionally, you will need to prepare for and report a GRE before you can be registered into your fourth course. To check for this admission status, please go to Self-Service Banner

This means you have about 14 weeks after your start date to take and report a qualifying GRE score. We recommend taking it as soon as you know you need to because ETS, the GRE provider, will not allow you to take it a second time until 60 days after you take it the first time.  

How to prepare and register for and report the GRE:   



Go to the ETS home page or GRE site and look at the FAQs, then take a practice test. http://www.ets.org/



Online: http://www.ets.org/gre

By phone: call the test center directly at 1-800-GRE-CALL (1-800-473-2255)


Testing locations: http://etsis4.ets.org/tcenter/


Request the scores be sent to school code 6360 for Lamar University. More information is available at the ETS site.


What happens if my GRE score is not high enough?

Relax. You can take the test again after 60 days. And if you do not pass it then, we have an appeals process that you can find out about by e-mailing Luacademic@lamar.edu.