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Graduate School Deadlines

COVID-19 Update

For those of you planning to graduate in December 2020 or May 2021, please be sure to carefully note the updated due dates below.

 As each semester ends, you are hopefully getting closer to your graduation date. To help you meet your anticipated graduate date, please refer to these deadlines. Missing the deadlines posted below will result in the deferral of your graduation.
 

All documents should be submitted to the Graduate School, McCain Library, Room 211, by 5:00pm on the date of the posted deadline. If the deadline falls on a weekend, you should submit the required documents on the preceding Friday.

As you are preparing for your anticipated semester of graduation, please refer to the Thesis/Dissertation Checklist. All checklist items should be completed by the time you submit your final thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project.

 

  DEADLINE

Thesis, Dissertation, or Doctoral Project Proposal Form

Your research topic must be approved by your Committee and submitted to the Graduate School.

November 1

*semester before graduation

Application for Degree

Complete via SOAR. (If admitted before Fall 2017 you should submit your Plan of Study.) No late applications for graduation will accepted.

November 1

*semester before graduation

Commencement Form

Doctoral and MFA candidates only.

February 25
Results of Oral Defense March 20

Thesis/Dissertation/Project Approval Form

Your committee chair and school director or program coordinator should submit this form indicating their approval of your document. This form replaces the signed title page and includes Turnitin results and approval.

March 27

Aquila Submission

Submit your final, COMMITTEE approved thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project via Aquila. All committee revisions should be complete. Any changes made after this date will ONLY be at the direction of the Graduate School.

March 27

Final Aquila Submission

Submit your final, GRADUATE SCHOOL approved thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project via Aquila. No changes may be made after this date. Unapproved changes will result in withdrawal of document and deferral of graduation.

April 22

This date has been adjusted to reflect the changes to the Spring 2021 semester.

Survey of Earned Doctorates

Doctoral candidates only. A national census of all individuals earning a research doctorate from accredited US institutions. Students earning their doctorate should complete this survey. 

April 29

Comprehensive Exam Results

Students should coordinate their comprehensive exam with their graduate program. Official results should be submitted by your graduate program as soon as grading has been completed.

Masters students: Friday of Exam Week.

Doctoral students: Immediately following completion of coursework.

  DEADLINE

Thesis, Dissertation, or Doctoral Project Proposal Form

Your research topic must be approved by your Committee and submitted to the Graduate School.

 

April 1

*semester before graduation

Application for Degree

Complete via SOAR. (If admitted before Fall 2017 you should submit your Plan of Study.) No late applications for graduation will accepted.

 

April 1

*semester before graduation

Commencement Form

Doctoral and MFA candidates only.

TBA
Results of Oral Defense  June 14

Thesis/Dissertation/Project Approval Form

Your committee chair and school director or program coordinator should submit this form indicating their approval of your document. This form replaces the signed title page and includes Turnitin results and approval.

 June 21

Aquila Submission

Submit your final, COMMITTEE approved thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project via Aquila. All committee revisions should be complete. Any changes made after this date will ONLY be at the direction of the Graduate School.

  June 21

Final Aquila Submission

Submit your final, GRADUATE SCHOOL approved thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project via Aquila. No changes may be made after this date. Unapproved changes will result in withdrawal of document and deferral of graduation.

 July 24

Survey of Earned Doctorates

Doctoral candidates only. A national census of all individuals earning a research doctorate from accredited US institutions. Students earning their doctorate should complete this survey.

 July 24

Comprehensive Exam Results

Students should coordinate their comprehensive exam with their graduate program. Official results should be submitted by your graduate program as soon as grading has been completed.

 

Masters students: Friday of Exam Week.

Doctoral students: Immediately following completion of coursework.

 
  DEADLINE

Thesis, Dissertation, or Doctoral Project Proposal Form

Your research topic must be approved by your Committee and submitted to the Graduate School.

July 1

*semester before graduation

Application for Degree

Complete via SOAR. (If admitted before Fall 2017 you should submit your Plan of Study.) No late applications for graduation will accepted.

July 1

*semester before graduation

Commencement Form

Doctoral and MFA candidates only.

September 20
Results of Oral Defense

October 5*

This date has been adjusted to reflect the changes to the Fall 2020 semester.

Thesis/Dissertation/Project Approval Form

Your committee chair and school director or program coordinator should submit this form indicating their approval of your document. This form replaces the signed title page and includes Turnitin results and approval.

October 11

Aquila Submission

Submit your final, COMMITTEE approved thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project via Aquila. All committee revisions should be complete. Any changes made after this date will ONLY be at the direction of the Graduate School.

October 11*

This date has been adjusted to reflect the changes to the Fall 2020 semester.

Final Aquila Submission

Submit your final, GRADUATE SCHOOL approved thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project via Aquila. No changes may be made after this date. Unapproved changes will result in withdrawal of document and deferral of graduation.

November 21*

This date has been adjusted to reflect the changes to the Fall 2020 semester.

Survey of Earned Doctorates

Doctoral candidates only. A national census of all individuals earning a research doctorate from accredited US institutions. Students earning their doctorate should complete this survey.

November 28

Comprehensive Exam Results

Students should coordinate their comprehensive exam with their graduate program. Official results should be submitted by your graduate program as soon as grading has been completed.

Masters students: Friday of Exam Week.

Doctoral students: Immediately following completion of coursework.

 
*Students graduating in the Summer term will take part in the Fall Commencement ceremony.

 

 

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