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 2019 May 2019 September 2019
Official graduation date: January 25, 2019 May 19, 2019 September 25, 2019

Master’s students

Diploma application due in the College Graduate Office:† November 1, 2018 March 31, 2019 July 1, 2019
Thesis proposal submission: August 31, 2018 December 14, 2018 May 10, 2019
Thesis defense:* December 22, 2018 April 19, 2019 August 16, 2019
Approved and signed thesis to be turned in: January 4, 2019 April 26, 2019 August 23, 2019

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, 2018 March 31, 2019 July 1, 2019
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 21, 2018 April 12, 2019 August 16, 2019
Approved and signed dissertations due in the department/division office: § January 4, 2019 April 19, 2019 August 23, 2019

* 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.