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Master's Progress to Degree

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

Deadlines/Commencement Dates

Spring 2016

  • February 1 - Graduation Application Deadline
  • April 7 - Defense Deadline
  • April 7 - Format Check Deadline, Thesis/Dissertation
  • April 15 - Final Submission Deadline, Thesis/Dissertation
  • May 6 - Commencement
  • May 7 - Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Summer 2016

  • July 6 - Defense Deadline
  • July 6 - Format Check Deadline, Thesis/Dissertation
  • July 20 - Final Submission Deadline, Thesis/Dissertation
  • August 6 - Commencement (No Ceremony)

Fall 2016

  • September 8 - Graduation Application Deadline
  • November 11 - Format Check Deadline, Thesis/Dissertation
  • November 11 - Defense Deadline
  • November 22 - Final Submission Deadline, Thesis/Dissertation
  • December 12 - Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
  • December 12 - Commencement

SUBMIT PROGRAM OF STUDY

Every degree student must file a Master’s program of study (M-POS) in The Graduate School for approval by the dean of The Graduate School. If needed, you may file a program adjustment form to request changes to your original POS.

APPLY FOR GRADUATION

In your final term of study, submit your application for graduation to The Graduate School.

TAKE COMPREHESIVE EXAM/ PASS LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

All candidates for a Master’s degree must complete a comprehensive assessment in the major field of study that is distinct from program course requirements. Language and research methods requirements for the Master’s degree vary from program to program.

SUBMIT THESIS DRAFT

Submit your thesis draft to your advisor and to your thesis committee.

CHECK THESIS FORMAT/DEFEND THESIS

Submit a draft of your thesis via the ETD process for a preliminary format check. In order to submit your draft, you will create an account within the UMI/Proquest site. (This is the site you will use to submit your final approved thesis.) Defend your thesis (if applicable), 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 SIGNATURE & APPROVAL FORM

Submit your Thesis Signature and Approval form to The Graduate School in hard copy.

SUBMIT THESIS

Submit your final approved thesis via the ETD process.

Graduate

Congratulations, you made it!


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