Required Procedures for Submitting Your Report

Congratulations on nearing the end of your graduate degree! You will find helpful information below and in the side bars on the right.

The forms don't work. What should I do?

All Graduate School forms may be completed in newer versions of Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader (v9 or higher).  If you are experiencing problems try:

  1. Switching to a different browser. Currently, Internet Explorer is recommended.
    • There are known incompatibility issues with Firefox v19, Chrome, Preview (the PDF reader on a macintosh) and Linux machines.
    • Students who click on a form link and receive the message, "Please wait.... If this message is not eventually replaced by the proper contents of your document..." have an incompatible browser or plug-in.
  2. Saving the file to your hard drive and open with the newest version of Acrobat Reader rather than clicking on the link and opening in your browser.
    1. Right-click or option-click the hyperlink
    2. Save the form on your hard drive.
    3. Open the file directly from Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
  3. Reconfiguring your browser to open PDF files using a compatible plug-in. Firefox users may reconfigure their browsers using the instructions below:
    1. Select Tools...Options from the menu bar
    2. Select the "Applications" tab in the pop up window
    3. Search for and select "Portable Document Format (PDF)" in the Content Type list
    4. Select "Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox)" as the Action
    5. Press "OK"

TDR-Review is provided as a sample for your information and does not allow data entry, since the Graduate School completes and returns this form for you.

I need to graduate this semester. What is the last day I can defend?

In summer 2015, the Graduate School has no deadline for your defense. You may defend at any time your advisor and committee agree that you are ready and they are available to meet.

Beginning in fall 2015, the recommended dates in the table below will become required deadlines to be eligible to complete a degree in a given semester.

For more information:

The Graduate Faculty Council recommends the following timeline to schedule a defense and complete a degree in a given semester.

MilestoneRecommended dates for summer 2015

Recommended last day to schedule a final oral examination

Recommended last day to hold a final oral examination

  • Your committee will recommend technical and formatting changes to your document.  Your ability to meet the next milestone will depend on what your committee requires.

Recommended last day to submit advisor and committee approved dissertation, thesis, or report and associated paperwork to the Graduate School

  • Instructions for a dissertationthesis, or report option
  • Students who submit by this date will have time to make minor formatting changes before the end of the semester deadline.
  • Please allow two weeks for the Graduate School to review your submission.
  • See the absolute deadline for your final submission on our web page

Steps to submit a report 

See the full timeline to complete your degree. To complete your report, an overview of the steps is:

  1. Plan for your defense
  2. Schedule your defense with the Graduate School and submit a defendable report to your committee and the Graduate School
  3. Defend your report publicly
  4. Correct your report and obtain advisor approval to submit your revised report to the Graduate School
  5. Submit your report to the Graduate School
  6. Pay publishing fees (if needed) after your advisor approves your publishing options

The Graduate School reviews all documents in the order they are received within two weeks. Students can check MyMichiganTech at any time for their current status.