This page should be used as a guide/outline during your progress to degree. Please pay attention to the key dates and deadlines, which are posted below. For details about degree requirement, please see the Graduate Bulletin.
Your Advisory, Comprehensive Examination and Dissertation Committees may be appointed at the same time.
Take the Qualifying Exam and submit your approved Program of Study (POS) to The Graduate School. If needed, you may file a program adjustment form to request changes to your original POS.
You must pass a written and oral comprehensive examination conducted by your academic program under the direction of your Written and Oral Comprehensive Examination Committee. Language and research methods requirements for the doctoral degree vary from program to program.
In your final term of study, submit your application for graduation to The Graduate School.
Submit a draft of your dissertation to your advisor and committee members and schedule dissertation defense. Submit your Dissertation Defense Announcement at least 14 days prior to defense, using the Graduate Management System (GMS).
Submit your dissertation draft to the Graduate School for a preliminary format check. In order to submit your draft, you will create an account with the UMI/Proquest site. (This is the site you will use to submit your final approved dissertation.) Complete your dissertation defense, and make any final revisions required by your Committee and The Graduate School. Visit the Thesis & Dissertation portal to view the format guide, ETD samples, templates, and instructions on how to submit your document.
Submit your Dissertation Signature and Approval to The Graduate School in hard copy. Complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates. Submit Doctoral Hooding information through GMS (to appear in the Doctoral Hooding program).
Submit your final approved dissertation via the ETD process.
Congratulations, you made it!