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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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GRS Master’s Graduation Procedures

Graduation Deadlines

September 25, 2017 January 25, 2018 May 18, 2018
*Intent to Graduate Form May 31, 2017 September 30, 2017 January 26, 2018

Graduation Deadlines – with Thesis

All degree requirements are complete only when the master’s thesis has been certified as meeting the standards of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and of the Mugar Memorial Library
September 25, 2017 January 25, 2018 May 18, 2018
*Intent to Graduate Form May 31, 2017 September 30, 2017 January 26, 2018
Properly Formatted Draft of Thesis emailed as a .pdf to At least three weeks prior to the Thesis defense, no later than July 22nd At least three weeks prior to the Thesis defense, no later thanNovember 17th At least three weeks prior to the Thesis defense, no later than March 15th
Last date for submission of Thesis to ETD, Thesis Processing Fee, and signed Approval Page to GRS Office, and Contact Information form August 11, 2017 December 8, 2017 April 6, 2018

*students in BA/MA and BA/MS programs only need to submit an Intent to Graduate form to the College of Arts & Sciences in accordance with their deadlines. GRS no longer requires BA/MA or BA/MS students to submit a second Intent to Graduate form to the GRS office. GRS will obtain tentative BA/MA and BA/MS graduation lists from CAS and review in the regular manner.

Mugar Library has created a Thesis Formatting Guide and samples of Preliminary Pages. The library’s website also includes other useful resources such as instructional videos and templates. Please follow all formatting requirements stated in the library guide while preparing your dissertation draft.

At least three weeks before the last date to submit your thesis (see deadlines above), you must submit a draft of your thesis as a .pdf to for format review. If your document is too large to send over email, you can also send the draft via dropbox or google docs and share that file with Be sure your draft includes all preliminary pages, references, and your CV. You will be notified if the format is approved or if changes are required.

Submit your final thesis electronically through the Electronic Theses & Dissertation (ETD) website. The submission in the ETD will be reviewed by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) Records Office, then forwarded to the Mugar Library ETD Administrator for the final format review. When that review is complete, the thesis will be submitted to ProQuest/UMI. If GRS or Mugar Library notifies you of necessary corrections or changes, those edits must be made immediately.

In addition to submitting the final thesis in the ETD, you must complete the Contact Information Form and submit the Library Thesis Processing Fee. The processing fee is $25 and can be submitted online and paid for via credit card. The link to do so can found on the Guide for Writers of Theses and Dissertations website.

Information on diploma pickup and mailing dates can be found on the Registrar’s website.

Certificates of Completion are available if you are in need of an official document stated that you have met all degree requirements before the diploma is issued.