Published: June 30, 2020

Get up to speed on approaching academic deadlines for graduate students.

July 21: PhD dissertation defense due

Doctoral students must complete the PhD dissertation defense or final examination by this date. Notice of the examination must be provided to the Graduate School by your academic unit two weeks before the exam on an examination report form. 

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July 28: PhD dissertation approval form due

PhD students must submit the dissertation with Thesis Approval Form by this deadline. The dissertation must be submitted and approved electronically by the end of the business day. The Thesis Approval Form (TAF) must be uploaded as a supplemental file with the dissertation in order for the submission to be complete. Students whose dissertations are received after this deadline, or those not submitted with the TAF, must apply to graduate at the following semester's commencement.

July 28: Survey due for PhD, DMA students

PhD and DMA students must fill out the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) online by this deadline. Additional information about the survey can be found here.

July 28: Master’s thesis defense due

Master's students must complete the thesis defense or final examination by this date. Notice of the examination must be provided to the Graduate School by your academic unit two weeks before the exam on an examination report form. Certain units do not require an exam for non-thesis students. Please contact your department with any questions.

Aug. 4: Master’s thesis approval form due

Master's thesis plan students must submit the thesis and Thesis Approval Form by this deadline. The thesis must be submitted and approved electronically by the end of the business day. The Thesis Approval Form (TAF) must be uploaded as a supplemental file with the thesis in order for the submission to be complete. Students whose theses are received after this deadline, or those not submitted with the TAF, must apply to graduate at the following semester's commencement.