Doctoral Degree Completion Deadlines


Summer 2021Fall 2021

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

July 2October 8

Last day to file application for final oral defense

Approved applications are due at least 3 weeks before the defense*. Student should submit the application 4-5 weeks before defense to allow sufficient time for approvals.

3 weeks prior to defense 2 weeks prior to defense*

Last day to hold final oral defense See final term registration exceptions

August 20November 24

Last day for dissertation committee to certify results of defense (instructions will be sent to committee members prior to the defense)

2 weeks after defense2 weeks after defense

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

August 302 weeks after defense**
Official degree conferral date (the date of your degree as it will appear on your transcript and diploma)September 11December 11

*Effective Fall 2021, the deadline for applying for defense changes to 2 weeks prior to the defense

**Effective Fall 2021, the deadline for submitting the dissertation changes to 2 weeks after the defense


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