This collection of links provides access to various documents and forms critical to completing the ATLAS PhD program.

Rules and Regulations

Deadlines and Graduation

  • Online Graduation Application: Students must apply online to graduate. To do this, log onto On the Student tab, select the Apply for Graduation link under Academic Resources. This notifies the Graduate School (and ATLAS) that you intend to graduate, and it provides necessary information to the Commencement Office for ordering and shipping diplomas. If you do not complete requirements for the graduation date you indicate on the online application, you must apply online to graduate for the new graduation date. You must apply to graduate online whether or not you plan to attend the ceremony.
  • Deadlines Sheet: Lists all the deadlines for important PhD graduation requirements.




  • Title of PhD Dissertation Submission: This can be a copy of your title page, provided on the leaflet or simply emailed to the Graduate School. Along with your dissertation title, it should include your name and department. This title will appear in the commencement program and your transcript.
  • Dissertation Defense Leaflet Template: This provides the official template for your Dissertation Defense Leaflet


  • Thesis Specifications: The specifications document includes all the necessary information formatting the PhD dissertation. The Graduate School strongly encourages you to email your document for a pre-check of the format, before submitting your dissertation electronically. Please email a pdf of your document to
  • Thesis Submission Information: Resource links for submission of your final dissertation.
  • Dissertation/Thesis Final Grade Card: All students completing a doctoral degree will be assigned a grade for dissertation hours. As this card contains a final grade, students should not submit it. Only your department can submit this form. This card is not available online; departments receive blank forms from the Graduate School.