Understanding Deadlines and Requirements

Major Steps

Understanding the steps and associated deadlines in the dissertation/thesis and degree conferral process is necessary to establish a successful plan and realistic timeframe. The major steps are:

  1. Complete draft dissertation
  2. Schedule exam
  3. Take exam
  4. Make revisions
  5. Submit final electronic thesis/dissertation (ETD) to the Graduate School

Planning Timeline

The Code of Legislation requires students to submit a completed draft for committee review six weeks prior to scheduling the exam.

December 31, 2019 Conferral Deadlines

  • Submit Draft to Committee: 1st week in October 2019
  • Schedule Exam: 1st week in November 2019
  • Take Exam: Mid November 2019
  • Complete Revisions: End of November 2019
  • Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019

May 26, 2019 Conferral Deadlines

  • Submit Draft to Committee: 1st week in March 2019
  • Schedule Exam: 1st week in April 2019
  • Take Exam: Mid April 2019
  • Complete Revisions: End of April 2019
  • Submission Deadline: May 10, 2019

August 19, 2019 Conferral Deadlines

  • Submit Draft to Committee: 1st week in June 2019
  • Schedule Exam: 1st week in July 2019
  • Take Exam: Mid July 2019
  • Complete Revisions: End of July
  • Submission Deadline: August 2, 2019

Checklist

Use this checklist to guide your process.

  • Complete your research.
  • Learn about thesis and dissertation formatting guidelines.
  • Develop a detailed outline for your approach to writing your dissertation or thesis.
  • Write the body of text for the dissertation or thesis.
  • Complete your draft thesis/dissertation six weeks prior to your final examination and submit to all members of your Special Committee.
  • Schedule your final exam one week before your final examination date, and submit a final draft of your dissertation/thesis to each Special Committee member.
  • Take your final exam (“B” Exam), oral dissertation defense for Ph.D. candidates, or (“M” Exam) an oral thesis defense for master’s candidates, six-eight weeks before conferral date.
  • Make changes as specified by the Special Committee.
  • Submit the final electronic version of dissertation or thesis (ETD) to Graduate School using ProQuest. See Thesis and Dissertation Submission Process for instructions.
  • Attend commencement and celebrate!