Deadlines

Stay on top of all of your deadlines for your thesis or dissertation.

Degrees are granted monthly. In order for a degree to be conferred in a given month, the following items must submitted to the University Graduate School by the deadlines below. May and December deadlines will vary.

Verify with your program any department requirements that may be separate from the University Graduate School.

Master’s Thesis

If submitting via bound paper method, the University Graduate School must receive the two bound copies before your degree can be certified or awarded. Note that your department may request a third bound copy. See them for more details.

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If Graduating in May or December
  • By May 6 or December 15, you must submit your initial thesis and your Master's Application for Advanced Degree E-Doc must be received by the University Graduate School. You will receive either an acceptance or corrections within a week of submission.
  • By May 20 (TBD) or January 10, you must submit a signed acceptance page, as well as a corrected thesis (after initial review by the master’s recorder).
If Graduating in a Month Other than May or December
  • By the 15th of the month you wish to graduate, you must submit your initial thesis and your Master's Application for Advanced Degree E-Doc must be received by the University Graduate School. You will be notified of any format changes that are needed within a week (by the 22nd of the month you submitted).
  • By the 27th of the month you wish to graduate, you must submit a signed acceptance page, as well as your thesis corrections as determined by the master's recorder. 

Doctoral Dissertation

If you are submitting via the unbound paper method, the University Graduate School must receive the one or two required bound copies before your degree can be certified or awarded.

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Defense Deadlines

At least 30 days before your defense, schedule a mutually agreeable time with your committee to hold your defense, and submit your defense announcement.

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The 30-day deadline applies to the date the University Graduate School receives your announcement, not necessarily when you send it. Track your announcement to ensure timely approval. Click on the “Student Reference Link” in the “Ph.D. Defense Announcement section" for more information on how to track announcements.

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If Graduating in May or December

Provide all members of your committee with a complete copy of your dissertation at least 30 days before the defense so they will have sufficient time to read and critique your work.

  • By May 6 or December 15, you must submit your initial dissertation. All the content of your dissertation must be complete at this point as only formatting changes are permitted after your initial submission. You will be notified of any format changes that are needed within a week of the deadline.
  • By May 20 or January 10, you must submit a signed acceptance page and a signed abstract page, as well as a corrected dissertation (after initial review by the doctoral recorder.)
If Graduating in a Month Other than May or December
  • By the 15th of the month you wish to graduate, you must submit your initial dissertation. All content of your dissertation must be complete at this point as only formatting changes are permitted after your initial submission.You will be notified of any format changes that are needed within a week of the deadline (by the 22nd of the month).
  • By the 27th of the month you wish to graduate, you must submit a signed acceptance page and a signed abstract page, as well as a corrected doctoral dissertation (after initial review by the doctoral recorder.)