Doctoral Degree Completion Deadlines


Winter 2021Spring 2021Summer 2021

Priority deadline to submit application for advanced degree in GradWeb. After this date, you must contact your department to request an override. 

January 15April 9July 2

Last day to file application for final oral defense

Approved applications are due at least 3 weeks before the defense. Apply 4-5 weeks before defense to allow sufficient time for approvals.

February 12*May 7*July 30*

Last day to hold Final Oral Defense See final term registration exceptions

March 5May 28August 20

Last day for department to submit certificate of completion of doctoral degree to the Graduate School

March 15June 7**August 30**

Last day to upload your completed and approved dissertation and submit signed forms to the Graduate School

March 15June 7August 30

Official degree conferral date (the date of your degree as it will appear on your transcript and diploma)

March 20June 14September 11

* Or no less than three weeks before the dissertation defense date, whichever comes first
** Or no less than two weeks after the defense, whichever comes first.

Getting ready to graduate? See our doctoral graduation checklist to be sure you have what is needed to graduate on time.