Watch our video Completing your Degree as a Graduate Student to get an overview of degree completion steps and deadlines.
Master's Degree Deadlines
Important: All master's degree requirements must be met within 7 years.
Before completing 18 credits of coursework:
Develop a Program of Study with your program. This is your plan for completing your degree. Speak with your advisor, department chair, or departmental graduate coordinator for guidance on completing this requirement.
At least 15 weeks before your Final Oral Examination:
At least 2 weeks before your Final Oral Examination:
Upload the final copy of your thesis (if required for your degree) to ScholarsArchive within 6 weeks after your Exam or before the first day of the following term, whichever comes first, to avoid having to register for a minimum of three graduate credits the next term.
Doctoral Degree Deadlines
Time to degree
Doctoral students beginning their program in fall 2016, or later, have 9 years to complete all work, including course work, thesis (if required) and all examinations. Request an extension of this time limit by submitting a petition to the Graduate School.
Before completing 5 terms:
- Select program committee members, which must include a Graduate Council Representative
- Meet with your program committee to create a Program of Study. (Take to the meeting, the Doctoral Program Checklist, all transcripts, list of your eligible transfer credits, your program curriculum, an initial draft of your Program of Study.) The completed and signed program of study must be submitted to the Graduate School before the end of your fifth term of enrollment.
Preliminary Oral Exam
- Schedule your Preliminary Oral Exam at least 2 weeks in advance by submitting the Exam Scheduling Form. You must have an approved program of study on file with the Graduate School.
Final Oral Defense of Dissertation
- At least 2 weeks before your Final Oral Defense of Dissertation:
A final and corrected copy of your thesis or dissertation must be uploaded to ScholarsArchive within 6 weeks after your Exam or before the first day of the following term, whichever comes first, to avoid having to register for a minimum of three graduate credits the next term.
Scheduling Exams with the Graduate School
Use the exam scheduling form to schedule examinations. Please submit your exam scheduling form as soon as you schedule your exam but no later than two weeks before the exam date. For guidance on scheduling a meeting, please see "How to Schedule a Meeting."
Continuous Enrollment Policy
You must be registered for a minimum of three graduate credits, or on an approved leave of absence, until all degree requirements are completed. To avoid registering for the term following your defense, submit the final corrected and signed thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School before the first day of the term following the term in which you defend. For details on this policy see "Continuous Enrollment - Minimum Registration" in the Graduate Catalog.
If you are not using university facilities or faculty time during the summer then you may not have to enroll for the summer session. Please refer to the Continuous Enrollment Policy in the Graduate Catalog, and work with your program, to determine if this applies to you. During summer session, a minimum registration of 3 credits is required for graduate assistants.
Leave of Absence
A completed (with signatures) Leave of Absence Form must be received by the Graduate School at least 15 working days prior to the first day of the term involved. All graduate students in degree and certificate programs must register continuously for a minimum of 3 graduate credits, excluding summer session, until their degree or certificate is granted or until their status as a credential-seeking graduate student is terminated. See the catalog for more information on Registration Requirements.
Deadlines for completing final degree requirements
If you want your diploma for the current term complete the following degree requirements by 5 p.m. on the dates in green below.
If you need more time, but do not want to register for the next term, please complete the following degree requirements by 5 p.m. on the dates in brown below. This will result in getting your diploma in the following term.
Degree requirements to complete by dates below:
- For a Summer 2017 diploma,
complete by September 8, 2017.
- Completing by September 19, 2017
Will result in a Fall 2017 diploma.
- For a Fall 2017 diploma,
complete by December 8, 2017.
- Completing by January 5 , 2018
Will result in a Winter 2018 diploma.
- For a Winter 2018 diploma,
complete by March 23, 2018.
- Completing by March 30, 2018
Will result in a Spring 2018 diploma.
- For a Spring 2018 diploma,
complete by June 15, 2018 *.
- Completing by June 22, 2018
Will result in a Summer 2018 diploma.
- For a Summer 2018 diploma,
complete by September 7, 2018 *.
- Completing by September 19, 2018
Will result in a Fall 2018 diploma.
* If you plan to participate in commencement while finishing this term you will need to adhere to the Commencement Deadlines listed below.
Commencement Deadlines - For spring term graduates to receive their diploma at the ceremony
Summer graduates can now walk at commencement. Please see our commencement page for more details.
For Spring Term
Be enrolled for minimum of three graduate credits
April 6, 2018
File a Diploma Application by logging into MyOSU, click on “Student Records”, then “Apply for Graduation”. All students graduating spring term must file a diploma application regardless of whether or not they will attend commencement.
April 20, 2018
For Doctoral Students Only: The title of your dissertation and major professor's name(s) will be in the commencement program. Please email this information to Julie Kurtz no later than April 20, 2017 to ensure your title is included in the program.
April 27, 2018
Confirm commencement attendance by logging into MyOSU, click on “Student Records”, then “Commencement Attendance Confirmation”
May 11, 2018
Thesis and Dissertation students: Successfully complete final defense. Schedule two weeks prior with the Graduate School using the exam scheduling form.
June 1, 2018
Upload final copy of Thesis/Dissertation to ScholarsArchive and submit additional documents to Graduate School
June 1, 2018
Non-thesis students: Successfully complete final defense. Schedule two weeks prior with the Graduate School using the exam scheduling form.
June 8, 2018
Clear all remaining degree requirements, including:
- Incomplete grades must be submitted
- Examination reports must be submitted to Graduate School
- Any final revisions to uploaded thesis must be submitted
If you experience extenuating circumstances and cannot meet any of the deadlines posted here, please contact the Graduate School at (541) 737-4881.