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

To complete your master's degree, you must have the following on file with the Graduate School:

Graduate Degree Application Deadlines
Fall September 18
Spring February 5
Summer June 15

 Application for Graduate Degree


Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctoral Students

To complete your degree, you must take the following steps.

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.

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


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.

Additional Resources

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.