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Deadlines

The Graduate College highly recommends that dissertation/thesis defenses and comprehensive exam meetings take place remotely via Zoom or Teams until further notice. If those meetings do take place in person, the university’s social distancing requirements must be followed, guests may not attend in person, and anyone with an approved accommodation must be allowed to participate remotely.

Master's Students

Requirement Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Last Day to Apply for Graduation October 2, 2020 March 5, 2021 June 25, 2021
Final Date for Thesis Defense November 3, 2020 April 6, 2021 June 29, 2021
Thesis Due to The Graduate College by 5 p.m. November 10, 2020 April 13, 2021 July 6, 2021
Thesis Must be Approved by The Graduate College by 5 p.m. November 24, 2020 April 27, 2021 July 20, 2021
Comprehensive Examination Paperwork* December 2, 2020 May 4, 2021 July 27, 2021

*For Thesis or Non-Thesis students: The comprehensive exam deadline is for paperwork only. If your comprehensive examination is your thesis defense, it must be scheduled and completed by the defense deadlines listed above. Please work with your graduate advisor to make sure you meet all departmental deadlines and other degree requirements.

Doctoral Students

Requirement Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Last Day to Apply for Graduation October 2, 2020 March 5, 2021 June 25, 2021
Final Date for Dissertation Defense November 3, 2020 April 6, 2021 June 29, 2021
Dissertation Due to The Graduate College by 5 p.m. November 10, 2020 April 13, 2021 July 6, 2021
Dissertation Must be Approved by The Graduate College by 5 p.m. November 24, 2020 April 27, 2021 July 20, 2021
Survey of Earned Doctorates due to The Graduate College by 5 p.m. November 24, 2020 April 27, 2021 July 20, 2021