Doctoral Degree Completion Deadlines


FALL 2020Winter 2021Spring 2021

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

October 9January 15April 9

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.

November 4*February 12*May 7*

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

November 25March 5May 28

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

December 7**March 15June 7**

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

December 7March 15June 7

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

December 12March 20June 14

* 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.