Timeline for Graduation

Keep track of your deadlines and graduation requirements as you progress toward your degree. Listed here are general degree requirements for all graduate students.

Be sure to check with your program or department for any additional requirements or deadlines. 

Detailed deadlines specific to theses and dissertations are listed in the Theses and Dissertations section.

Master's Students

  1. Complete your coursework.
  2. If completing a thesis, submit it for review by the 15th of the month you wish to graduate. Degrees are granted monthly. Deadlines for May and December graduation will vary each year. Check the deadlines »
  3. If completing a thesis, submit a signed acceptance page, as well as a finalized thesis (including any formatting changes required after initial review by the master’s recorder) by the 27th of the month you wish to graduate. Deadlines for May and December graduation will vary each year.
  4. Fill out the Master's Application for Graduation E-Doc, which is used for both for Commencement participation and graduation purposes. For Commencement participation purposes, this E-Doc must be received by the University Graduate School no later than September 25th for the December Commencement and no later than February 25th for the May Commencement. For graduation purposes, your Master's Application for Graduation E-Doc must be received by the University Graduate School no later than the 15th of the month in which you wish to graduate. May and December have different deadlines, please see Deadlines. Each Master's student should only submit one application, selecting the most appropriate deadline above. Submit your Master's Application for Graduation through the e-doc on the University Graduate School OneStart webpage. 
  5. Verify that the Office of the Registrar has the correct spelling of your name and your correct diploma mailing address by visiting Student Central on Union. The registrar mails the diploma to your student home address. You will receive the diploma for your degree within about three months of your award date. Confirm your address at Student Central on Union »

Learn more about how to submit your thesis »

Ph.D. Students

  1. Complete your coursework.
  2. Pass your qualifying exams. The qualifying exams must be passed at least eight months before graduation.
  3. Once you’ve completed your coursework and passed your exams, submit your Nomination to Candidacy form. This form must be approved by the University Graduate School before the Nomination of Research Committee form can be approved. Submit your Nomination to Candidacy e-doc through the University Graduate School OneStart webpage»
  4. Once your candidacy has been approved by the University Graduate School, you will have seven years starting with the day you passed your qualifying exams to complete your degree.
  5. Submit your Nomination of Research Committee form. Your nomination form must be approved six months before you defend your dissertation. Submit your Nomination of Research Committee e-doc through the University Graduate School OneStart webpag
  6. Submit your defense announcement at least 30 days before you plan to defend. The 30-day deadline applies to the date the University Graduate School receives your announcement, not necessarily when you send it. If possible, try to allow 40 days to give your department extra time to process the announcement. Your announcement will go to your department or program for approval, and then to the department or program research chair for approval, and finally to the University Graduate School for processing. Submit your defense announcement e-doc through the University Graduate School OneStart webpage»
  7. Track your announcement e-doc to ensure timely approval. Click on the “Student Reference Link” in the “Ph.D. Defense Announcement section” for more information.
 Track your announcement e-doc on OneStart following the instructions in the Student Reference guide on the University Graduate School OneStart webpage»
  8. Defend your dissertation in front of your research committee. At your defense, have your committee sign your acceptance page and abstract. Learn more about formatting requirements »
  9. Remind your research chair to remove any “R”s from your dissertation, research, or G901 hours.
  10. Submit your dissertation for review by the 15th of the month you wish to graduate. Degrees are granted monthly. Deadlines for May and December graduation will vary each year. Check the deadlines »
  11. Submit a signed acceptance page and abstract, as well as a finalized thesis (including any formatting changes required after initial review by the doctoral recorder) by the 27th of the month you wish to graduate. Deadlines for May and December graduation will vary each year.
  12. If you wish to participate in the graduation ceremony, complete the Ph.D. Commencement Participation Application by September 25 for December Commencement and by February 25 for May Commencement. This is necessary to be listed in the Commencement program, participate in the graduation ceremony, and receive mail from the IU Alumni Association. You may be required to obtain approval from your department or program chairperson. Submit your Ph.D. Commencement Participation Application through the University Graduate School OneStart webpage »
  13. Verify that the Office of the Registrar has the correct spelling of your name and your correct diploma mailing address by visiting Student Central on Union. The registrar mails the diploma to your student home address. You will receive the diploma for your degree within about three months of your award date. Confirm your address at Student Central on Union »
  14. Complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). You can either submit this electronically, or you can print out the purpose and use survey, the questionnaire, and the confidentiality guidelines survey and turn them in to Kirkwood Hall 114 with the rest of your materials. Complete the earned doctorates survey » Note that the online version of the SED remains confidential and is reported only in aggregate form or in a manner that does not identify information about an individual.
  15. Complete the University Graduate School exit survey. Take the exit survey »

Learn more about how to submit your dissertation »