Preparing for Graduation

Helping You Get Ready to Graduate

The Graduate School is the central office for ensuring that all your degree requirements are met, so that you complete your degree on schedule. As you move through your degree program, it’s important to know the requirements for successful progress. 

This section includes a timeline for completing your graduate degree, as well as explanations, due dates, and links to forms that must be submitted to the Graduate School.

See the current Graduate School Bulletin for further information and policies.

Non-Thesis Master’s Students

Students who are not required to submit a master’s paper or thesis to the Graduate School must complete the follow items for degree completion.

Spring 2021 Deadlines

February 5: Intent to Graduate

May 14: Application for Graduate Degree

Summer 2021 Deadlines

June 15: Intent to Graduate

August 6: Application for Graduate Degree


Master’s Paper, Thesis or Dissertation Students

Students submitting a master’s paper, thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School, follow these steps to complete your degree.

Step One
Step Two

Prior to the initial submission of your disquisition to the Graduate School:

Step Three

Submit your disquisition electronically to the Graduate School to begin the formal review process.

If you still have questions about preparing for graduation, check our Graduation FAQs.

Spring 2021 Deadlines

February 5: Intent to Graduate

April 16: Initial Submission Deadline

May 14: Final Disquisition Deadline


Summer 2021 Deadlines

June 15: Intent to Graduate

July 9: Initial Submission Deadline

August 6: Final Disquisition Deadline


Future Deadlines

Degrees are posted three times per academic year: December, May, and August.

The deadline for the initial submission of disquisitions to the Graduate School is approximately one month prior to each semester's commencement. For your degree to post in a semester, your review process must be completed and final revisions submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the semester.