Thesis Option

The table below shows a detailed timeline of items that you need to complete in order to obtain a degree and prepare for arrival on campus. Click on the buttons for more information.

You can check the Current Students area of MyMichiganTech for a detailed checklist of items that are required for you at this time, and see a list of items that are complete or pending for each degree you are pursuing. See the Graduate School's online tutorial for help with MyMichiganTech.

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?

The Graduate School currently 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. For more information:

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

Milestone Recommended dates for summer 2014

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

  • 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
When What Click for details Click for an explanation
Before you arrive on campus Arrange for housing (not applicable for online students) Details Why?
  Consult with graduate program director and/or advisor for proper course selection Details Why?
  Submit your arrival information on MyMichiganTech to notify International Programs and Services (IPS) of your travel plans (International students only) Details Why?
  Upload your photo for your HuskyCard (optional) Details Why?
When you arrive on campus Obtain a HuskyCard Details Why?
  Report to International Programs and Services (international students only) Details Why?
  Complete Basic Responsible Conduct of Research Training Details Why?
  Submit official proof of previous degrees earned Details Why?
  Submit Patent, research, and proprietary rights agreement form Details Why?
Every year Provide proof of health insurance or pay for University policy (on campus students only) Details Why?
  Obtain a parking permit for any vehicle you desire to park on MTU property Details Why?
Every fall and spring semester until your degree is complete Register for courses Details Why?
Pay your bill Details Why?
Confirm your enrollment Details Why?
Every summer session you are a supported student, plan to complete your degree, or defend Register for courses Details Why?
Pay your bill Details Why?
Confirm your enrollment Details Why?
Second semester Select advisor by submitting the Advisor and committee recommendation form Details Why?
Second or third academic semester Complete Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research Training Details Why?
Semester before planned degree completion OR semester prior to entering research only mode Submit Degree schedule to Graduate School Details Why?
Due one week before semester student wishes to enter research only mode Submit Petition to enter full-time research-only mode (optional) Details Why?
Semester of planned degree completion Submit Commencement application form if you wish to participate in commencement (fall/spring semester only) Details Why?
Four weeks before your defense Plan for your defense - by this stage your defendable draft should be almost complete with only minor edits needed prior to it going to your committee Details Why?
Two weeks before your defense Schedule your defense by submitting the Pre-defense form Details Why?
  Submit complete defendable version of your thesis to the Graduate School Details Why?
  Submit complete defendable version of your thesis to your advisor and committee Details Why?
Day of defense Publicly defend your thesis Details Why?
  Bring copy of Report on final oral examination form to defense Details Why?
Post-defense (see deadlines for upcoming semesters) Ensure that all required technical corrections from advisor and committee are made Details Why?
  Ensure that all required formatting corrections from Graduate School are made Details Why?
  Submit the Approval of a dissertation, thesis, or report form Details Why?
Within one week of submitting the Approval of a dissertation, thesis, or report form and by the deadline for the semester you wish to complete your degree Submit final thesis to Canvas Details Why?
Submit Degree completion form to Canvas Details Why?
Submit thesis to ProQuest Details Why?
When thesis has been approved by Graduate School Obtain signatures on Graduate School approved Degree completion form found on Canvas Details Why?
After signatures are obtained on Graduate School approved Degree completion form Submit signed Degree completion form to Graduate School Details Why?
Pick up diploma folder Details Why?
Pick up Graduate School pin Details Why?
After submission of Degree completion form Pay fees (if needed) Details Why?
Your last semester Complete Exit Survey Details Why?
Within two weeks after the end of the semester Watch your e-mail or MyMichiganTech for notification that your degree is awarded Details Why?
Two months after the end of the semester Watch your e-mail for notification that your diploma is ready Details Why?
Three months after thesis approved by Graduate School Watch the mail for your bound copies (if applicable) Details Why?