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
To complete your master's degree, you must have the following on file with the Graduate School:
Graduate Degree Application Deadlines
Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctoral Students
To complete your degree, you must take the following steps.
Prior to the initial submission of your disquisition to the Graduate School:
Submit your disquisition electronically to the Graduate School to begin the formal review process.
Fall 2020 Deadlines
September 18: Application for Graduate Degree Due
November 20: Initial Submission Deadline
December 18: Final Disquisition Deadline
Spring 2021 Deadlines
February 5: Application for Graduate Degree Due
April 16: Initial Submission Deadline
May 14: Final Disquisition Deadline
Summer 2021 Deadlines
June 15: Application for Graduate Degree Due
July 9: Initial Submission Deadline
August 6: Final Disquisition Deadline
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.
If you’re completing a thesis, dissertation, or paper, understand the requirements, documents, and submission process in greater detail. For a complete repository of all required forms, visit Forms for Graduation.
If you still have questions about preparing for graduation, check our Graduation FAQs.