Graduate Program Deadlines

The following deadlines apply to students who anticipate receiving their advanced degrees at the time indicated. Departments/divisions may impose additional requirements and more stringent deadlines. All graduate students must be registered for 2 credits both during the semester in which requirements are completed and during the preceding semester.

Graduation schedules: January 2015 May 2015 September 2015
Official graduation date: January 25, 2015 May 17, 2015 September 25, 2015
Master’s students
Diploma application due in the College Graduate Office:† November 1, 2014 February 1, 2015 July 1, 2015
Thesis proposal submission: August 29, 2014 December 19, 2014 May 8, 2015
Thesis defense:* December 26, 2014 April 17, 2015 August 21, 2015
Approved and signed thesis to be turned in: January 5, 2015 April 24, 2015 August 28, 2015
Doctoral students
Dissertation prospectus due to student’s research committee: Two weeks before the defense date.
Diploma application due in the department/division office:† November 1, 2014 February 1, 2015 July 1, 2015
Dissertation abstract (350 words) due in the department/division office: At least three weeks before the Final Oral Examination date.
Schedule of Final Oral Examination due in the department/division office:‡ Two weeks before the Final Oral Examination date.
Last date to hold Final Oral Examination: December 26, 2014 April 10, 2015 August 21, 2015
Approved and signed dissertations due in the department/division office: § January 5, 2015 April 17, 2015 August 28, 2015

* Thesis defense must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of defense date. A Master’s Thesis Announcement Document must be submitted to the department/division.

† The diploma application is valid only for the graduation date specified; a new application must be filed if the student does not graduate as planned.

‡ All committee members must sign that they have read the dissertation.

§ All PhD degree requirements are complete only when both copies of the dissertation have been approved by the department/division and accepted by the library.