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Thesis & Dissertation

Understanding Deadlines and Requirements

The final requirement in earning a graduate degree is the completion and defense of the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. Understanding the steps and associated deadlines in the thesis/dissertation submission and degree conferral process is necessary to establish a successful plan and realistic timeframe. 

2017 Thesis/Dissertation Submission Deadlines

  • May 28, 2017 conferral, deadline is May 5.
  • August 21, 2017 conferral, deadline is August 4.
  • December 31, 2017 conferral, deadline is December 1. 

See our Planning Timeline for more detailed information.

Scheduling and Taking Your Final Exam

Once you have submitted your draft thesis/dissertation to your committee you are ready to defend. This involves scheduling and taking your final exam (“B” Exam), an oral exam/dissertation defense for Ph.D. candidates, or (“M” Exam), an oral exam/thesis defense for Master’s candidates.

Submitting Your Thesis/Dissertation to The Graduate School

The Graduate School uses a service called ProQuest to administer the electronic thesis/dissertation (ETD) submission process. Before initiating the submission process, students are required to obtain committee approval and complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates listed in Step 4.