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 2018 May 2018 September 2018
Official graduation date: January 25, 2018 May 20, 2018 September 25, 2018

Master’s students

Diploma application due in the College Graduate Office:† November 1, 2017 March 31, 2018 July 1, 2018
Thesis proposal submission: August 31, 2017 December 15, 2018 May 11, 2018
Thesis defense:* December 22, 2017 April 20, 2018 August 17, 2018
Approved and signed thesis to be turned in: January 5, 2018 April 27, 2018 August 24, 2018

Doctoral students

Dissertation due to student’s research committee:

Two weeks before the defense date.

Diploma application due in the department/division office:† November 1, 2017 March 31, 2018 July 1, 2018
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 22, 2017 April 13, 2018 August 17, 2018
Approved and signed dissertations due in the department/division office: § January 5, 2018 April 20, 2018 August 24, 2018
* 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.