Submitting forms in a timely manner is essential for students to complete their degree requirements. This page links to all of the forms required for students and shows the deadline to submit them to graduate in a given semester. Forms for programs are also linked on this page.
Forms for applying or reapplying to the Graduate School
These forms are required for:
- Master's students (MS, MFor, or MBA)
- Master's of Engineering students (MEng)
- Doctoral candidates (PhD)
- Graduate Certificates
These forms are not required for all students:
- General Forms (used for special circumstances, e.g., transferring credit or enrolling in UN5951)
Forms for faculty and staff to submit to the Graduate School
Deadlines to graduate in a given semester and participate in its commencement ceremony are shown below. All paperwork must be submitted by 4pm on the date listed.
|Graduating in||Submit final dissertation, thesis, or report no later than 4pm on||Complete final degree requirements no later than 4pm on1||Apply to walk in commencement before|
|Summer 2013||August 12, 2013||August 16, 2013||NA|
|Fall 2013||December 16, 2013||December 20, 2013||October 11, 2013|
|Spring 2014||April 28, 2014||May 2, 2013||February 21, 2014|
|1. Students who have submitted a final dissertation, thesis, or report, but who are unable to complete the required formatting changes by this deadline will be enrolled in UN5951 for the next semester and charged a resubmission fee equal to 25% of the current cost of one credit of graduate tuition. Enrollment in UN5951 is limited to one semester. Please note that reviews can take up to two weeks, and the majority of students require at least two revisions before their document can be accepted. Submit well ahead of this deadline to avoid the resubmission fee.|
Questions about Deadlines?
Have more questions about deadlines, defenses, and dissertations (or theses and reports)? Check out our FAQ, and the two most common questions below.
What is the deadline to defend this semester?
There are no deadlines for defenses. You may defend at any time that your advisor and committee agree you are ready to defend and they are available to conduct the defense.
There are deadlines, however, to submit a final dissertation, thesis, or report and complete any formatting changes if you wish to graduate in a given semester. Current deadlines are available online.
I need to graduate this semester. What is the last day I can defend?
The Graduate School has no deadline for your defense. You may defend at any time your advisor and committee agree that you are ready to defend and they are available to meet.
After your defense, your committee will require technical and formatting changes before they will approve your final dissertation, thesis, or report. Every student and committee is different, so the Graduate School cannot predict how much time will be necessary after your defense to make the required corrections. Approximately 40% of students require 1-14 days after their defense to make the required corrections and submit their documents to the Graduate School, but the time ranges from 1 day to 3 years.
The majority of students submit their final documents at the end of the semester. Therefore, the Graduate School recommends defending at least four weeks before the deadline to submit your final document in the semester you wish to complete your degree requirements. These deadlines can be found online. This will allow two weeks for you to complete changes required by your committee, and
For example, a sample timeline for Summer 2013:
- The deadline to submit a final dissertation, thesis or report is August 12, 2013.
- Schedule your defense on or before July 15, 2013. This is not a requirement. It is only a recommendation.
- Submit your final dissertation, thesis, or report on or before July 29, 2013. This is not a requirement. It is only a recommendation.
- You will receive a review of your work on or before August 12, 2013. You will have until August 16, 2013 to make any formatting changes and will be able to complete your degree in summer without any additional fees.
Please allow two weeks for the Graduate School to review each submission of a final dissertation, thesis, or report. The majority of students require at least two submissions before their document can be accepted by the Graduate School.