graduation deadlines, format review, and electronic theses and dissertation guidelines

Graduation Deadlines

For additional information on graduation (including Commencement information, academic regalia, and more), please see the Graduation FAQ.

September 2014 Graduation Deadlines

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

July 1, 2014 — Deadline to apply for graduation and pay graduation fee

August 8, 2014 – Deadline to submit first full thesis draft (one to advisor and one for format review)

August 29, 2014 – Deadline to submit thesis draft for second format review

September 12, 2014 – Deadline to submit final electronic thesis and submit hard copy signed signature pages and payment of associated BU fees

September 25, 2014 – Graduation Date (Commencement is on May 17, 2015)

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

June 2, 2014 – Deadline to (1) submit first full draft of project thesis (one draft for each advisor and one draft for format review) (2) apply for graduation and pay graduation fee and (3) schedule project thesis review

August 11, 2014 – Deadline to submit project thesis draft for second format review

August 22, 2014 – Deadline to submit approved abstract

August 29, 2014 — Deadline to hold project thesis review

September 12, 2014 — Deadline to submit final electronic project thesis and submit hard copy signed signature pages and payment of associated BU fees

September 25, 2014 – Graduation Date (Commencement is on May 17, 2015)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

June 2, 2014 – Deadline to (1) submit first full draft of dissertation (one draft for each advisor and one draft for format review) (2) apply for graduation and pay graduation fee and (3) schedule dissertation defense

August 11, 2014 – Deadline to submit approved abstract

August 22, 2014 – Deadline to submit draft for second format review

August 29, 2014 – Deadline for dissertation defense

September 12, 2014 – Deadline to submit final electronic dissertation and submit hard copy signed signature pages and payment of associated BU fees

September 25, 2014 – Graduation (Commencement on May 17, 2015)

January 2015 Graduation Deadlines

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

September 30, 2014 – Deadline to apply for graduation and pay graduation fee

November 3, 2014 – Deadline to submit first full thesis draft (one to advisor and one for format review)

December 8, 2014 – Deadline to submit thesis draft for second format review

January 9, 2015 – Deadline to submit final electronic dissertation and submit hard copy signed signature pages and payment of associated BU fees

January 25, 2015 – Graduation (Commencement is on May 17, 2015)

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

September 30, 2014 – Deadline to (1) submit first full draft of project thesis (one draft for each advisor and one draft for format review) (2) apply for graduation and pay graduation fee and (3) schedule project thesis review

November 12, 2014 – Deadline to submit approved abstract

November 17, 2014 – Deadline to submit project thesis draft for second format review

January 2, 2015 – Deadline for project thesis review

January 9, 2015 – Deadline to submit final electronic dissertation and submit hard copy signed signature pages and payment of associated BU fees

January 25, 2015 – Graduation (Commencement is on May 17, 2015)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

September 30, 2014 – Deadline to (1) submit first full draft of dissertation (one draft for each advisor and one draft for format review) (2) apply for graduation and pay graduation fee and (3) schedule dissertation defense

November 12, 2014 – Deadline to submit approved abstract

November 17, 2014 – Deadline to submit draft for second format review

January 2, 2015 – Deadline for dissertation defense

January 9, 2015 – Deadline to submit final electronic dissertation and submit hard copy signed signature pages and payment of associated BU fees

January 25, 2015 – Graduation (Commencement is on May 17, 2015)

May 2015 Graduation Deadlines

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

January 26, 2015 — Deadline to apply for graduation and pay graduation fee

March 27, 2015 – Deadline to submit first full thesis draft (one to advisor and one for format review)

April 17, 2015 – Deadline to submit thesis draft for second format review

May 1, 2015 — Deadline to submit final electronic thesis and submit hard copy signed signature pages and payment of associated BU fees

May 17, 2015 – Commencement

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

January 26, 2015 – Deadline to (1) submit first full draft of project thesis (one draft for each advisor and one draft for format review) (2) apply for graduation and pay graduation fee and (3) schedule project thesis review

March 16, 2015 – Deadline to submit project thesis draft for second format review

April 6, 2015 – Deadline to submit approved abstract

April 24, 2015 — Deadline to hold project thesis review

May 1, 2015 — Deadline to submit final electronic project thesis and submit hard copy signed signature pages and payment of associated BU fees

May 17, 2015 – Commencement

Doctor of Philosphy (Ph.D.)

January 26, 2015 – Deadline to (1) submit first full draft of dissertation (one draft for each advisor and one draft for format review)  (2) apply for graduation and pay graduation fee and (3) schedule dissertation defense

March 16, 2015 – Deadline to submit dissertation draft for second format review

April 6, 2015 – Deadline to submit approved abstract

April 24, 2015 – Deadline to hold dissertation defense

May 1, 2015 – Deadline to submit final electronic dissertation and submit hard copy signed signature pages and payment of associated BU fees

May 17, 2015 – Commencement

Electronic Theses and Dissertations Guidelines

Format Review

Students are required to submit their thesis or dissertation for a minimum of two format reviews. Format review covers areas such as margins, page numbers, and footnotes. The actual content of the thesis or dissertation is between the student and their reader(s). Students submit their thesis or dissertation in PDF format to the Advanced Studies Program Coordinator according to the graduation deadlines listed above.

A minimum of two format reviews are required and additional reviews may be required if formatting issues are not corrected by the student. If more than three format reviews are required, the student will be charged a $100 fee. A last format review is done on the student’s final dissertation to ensure that there are no significant errors.  If errors are found, the student will be contacted and will need to resubmit.  The format review done on the final dissertation does not count towards the number of format reviews that would trigger the $100 fee.

Prior to submitting a draft for format review, students must consult the Research Guide for Writers of Theses and Dissertations and Electronic Submission for formatting instruction. Samples of properly formatted pages can be found here. For formatting questions not covered in the guide, consult A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, by Kate L. Turabian (7th ed., 2007). Videos for solving common formatting issues can be found here.

Final Copy Submission

Beginning for May 2014 graduates, the final copy of the thesis or dissertation will be submitted in electronic form only. Theses and dissertations are subject to format approval before final acceptance. Students may not move forward to their final copy until they have been notified by the Advanced Studies Committee that they have completed format review.

In order to graduate, students must (1) submit an electronic copy of their thesis or dissertation on the ETD Administrator site here (2) and submit two hard copy signed signature pages and the associated fees to the School of Theology Acquisitions Librarian. A final format review will be done on the copy the student submits on the ETD Administrator site. If any major issues are discovered, such as typos on the preliminary pages, the student will be contacted and corrections will be required. The degree will be withheld until all materials are fully, punctually, and accurately submitted.

Walkthrough videos for submission on the ETD Administrator website can be found here.

Fees for Processing Theses and Dissertations

Master’s Thesis: $25.00 payable to Boston University (personal check or money order)
Doctoral Dissertation: $115.00 payable to Boston University (personal check or money order)