Senior Year Planning

Congratulations on all your achievements during your undergraduate career! Senior year can be a very busy time for most students, and is filled with the capstone project, senior thesis, graduate school application, internship, and commencement. It is very important for students to check their degree progress reports and make sure they have completed all graduation requirements.


Required Course(s): Some majors require students to take a one-semester or two-semester capstone course(s).

Thesis Requirement: All students are required to complete a minimum 15-page thesis paper or equivalent to fulfill the graduation requirements. Some students may complete the thesis requirement through the required one or two-semester capstone course(s) for their major(s).

Major Declaration

Students will receive an email from the advising team about major posting submissions and deadlines. 

Minor Posting

Graduating seniors may submit the minor post request in their final semester if they are enrolled in the final course(s) for their minor. Students will receive an email from the advising team about minor posting submissions and deadlines. Please speak with your assigned academic advisor if you have any questions. 

Graduation Application

Students may officially graduate in September, January, or May. Students can march in May if they are within 16 credits of the required 128 to graduate. By the time you apply for graduation, you must complete all degree requirements. Learn more about the timeline for graduation application and diplomas.


NYU Shanghai hosts commencement in May each year. Congratulations, graduates! More information about commencement.

Contact the Registrar’s Office at about graduation applications and diplomas. For questions about the ceremony, contact

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