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:
  • Submit a diploma application *see below for commencement deadlines
  • Use online form to schedule your final oral examination.
  • Distribute a defendable copy of your thesis to your committee.
  • Deliver or email pretext pages of your thesis to the graduate school.

Submit the final copy of your thesis (if required for your degree) to the Graduate School 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

Before completing 2 terms (if you already have a master's degree) or 5 terms (if you do not):
  • 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.)
Preliminary Oral Exam
  • At least 6 weeks before your Preliminary Oral Exam submit your signed program of study to the Graduate School.
  • At least 2 weeks before your Preliminary Oral Exam schedule your Oral Preliminary Exam by submitting the online Exam Scheduling Form (after your program of study has been approved by the Graduate School.
Final Oral Defense of Dissertation
  • At least 2 weeks before your Final Oral Defense of Dissertation:
    • Submit a diploma application *see below for commencement deadlines
    • Schedule your Exam by submitting the online Exam Scheduling Form to the Graduate School
    • Submit pre-text pages to the Graduate School
    • Give dissertation to your whole committee 
Thesis Submission

The final, corrected, and signed copy of your thesis or dissertation must be submitted to the Graduate School 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. 




Commencement Deadlines

Important: Students who fail to meet these deadlines might still receive a spring diploma, but will not be able to participate in 2014 commencement ceremonies.

For Spring Term

Be enrolled for minimum of three graduate credits

April 4, 2014

File a Diploma Application by logging into Student Online Services, 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 25, 2014

Confirm commencement attendance by logging into Student Online Services, click on “Student Records”, then “Commencement Attendance Confirmation”

May 2, 2014   

Thesis and Dissertation students:  Successfully complete final defense.  Schedule two weeks prior with the Graduate School using the exam scheduling form.

May 30, 2014

Upload final copy of Thesis/Dissertation to ScholarsArchive and submit additional documents to Graduate School 

May 30, 2014

Non-thesis students:  Successfully complete final defense.  Schedule two weeks prior with the Graduate School using the exam scheduling form.

June 6, 2014

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

Deadlines for completing final degree requirements

If you would like a diploma for the current term, you must file a diploma application, successfully complete your final defense, upload the final copy of your thesis to Scholar’s Archive (if applicable), and submit all relevant paperwork by 5:00pm on the dates in green below.

If you need more time to complete the requirements, but would like to avoid registering for the next term, you will receive a diploma for the following term if diploma application, requirements, and relevant paperwork are submitted by 5:00pm on the dates in brown below.

  • For a Summer 2014 diploma,
    complete by September 5th, 2014.
  • Completing by September 26th, 2014
    Will result in a Fall 2014 diploma.
  • For a Fall 2014 diploma,
    complete by December 12th, 2014.
  • Completing by January 2nd, 2015
    Will result in a Winter 2015 diploma.
  • For a Winter 2014 diploma,
    complete by March 21st, 2014.
  • Completing by March 28th, 2014
    Will result in a Spring 2014 diploma.
  • For a Spring 2014 diploma,
    complete by June 13th, 2014 *.
  • Completing by June 20th, 2014
    Will result in a Summer 2014 diploma **.

* If you plan to participate in commencement while finishing this term you will need to adhere to the Commencement Deadlines listed above.

** Adhering to theses deadlines, you are eligible to attend Commencement the following year, June 2015.

Contact Us:

If you experience extenuating circumstances and cannot meet any of the deadlines posted here, please contact the Graduate School at (541) 737-4881.