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Degree Milestone Deadlines

All graduate students should familiarize themselves with the Graduate College deadlines below, the deadlines within their academic unit, and the University Academic Calendar.

Any calendar is subject to change when it is determined to be in the best interest of the university to do so.

Master's Degree Deadlines

Non-thesis master's students should contact their academic unit the semester prior to taking the exam to discuss scheduling and requirements.

DeadlinesSpring 2021Summer 2021Fall 2021
Final day to submit master's degree Program
of Study
 
to the Graduate College
Monday, October 5, 2020
Monday, March 1Monday, April 5
Final day to submit Master's Thesis Topic and Committee Membership form to the Graduate College (thesis students only)
Monday, October 5, 2020
Monday, March 1Monday, April 5
Final day to apply for graduationMonday, February 15Tuesday, June 1Wednesday, September 15
Final day to submit Request for Degree Check online (thesis students only)
Friday, April 9Thursday, July 1Friday, November 12
Final day to submit Request for Authority
to Defend
 
to the Graduate College (thesis students only)
Friday, April 23Thursday, July 15
Wednesday, November 24
Final day to complete master's non-thesis
examination (non-thesis students only)
Friday, May 7Thursday, July 29Friday, December 10
Final day to hold thesis defense (thesis students only)
Friday, May 7
Thursday, July 29Friday, December 10
Final day to submit thesis to SHAREOK (thesis students only)Friday, May 14
Thursday, August 5Friday, December 17

Doctoral Degree Deadlines

DeadlinesSpring 2021Summer 2021Fall 2021
Final day to apply for the doctoral
general examination
*
Friday, February 5Friday, June 25Friday, September 3
Final day to apply for graduationMonday, February 15
Tuesday, June 1Wednesday, September 15
Final day to submit Request for
Degree Check
 online
Friday, April 9Thursday, July 1
Friday, November 12
Final day to submit Request for
Authority to Defend
to the Graduate College
Friday, April 23
Thursday, July 15Wednesday, November 24
Final day to complete doctoral general examinationFriday, May 7Thursday, July 29Friday, December 10
Final day to hold dissertation defenseFriday, May 7Thursday, July 29Friday, December 10
Final day to submit dissertation to SHAREOK
Friday, May 14Thursday, August 5Friday, December 17

*The Advisory Conference Report is due no later than the term before the general examination. It is important to allow sufficient time for your Graduate College counselor to thoroughly review your ACR prior to your exam. ACR review will take longer during peak times, such as the final month of the term when many defenses and exams are typically held. If your ACR has errors or does not meet degree requirements or policies, you will need additional time to make corrections, consult with your academic unit, and re-submit the ACR. Therefore, follow the suggested ACR submission deadlines below to ensure your general exam schedule stays on track:

  • Second week of May, for fall exam
  • Second week of October, for spring exam
  • Second week of February, for summer exam

Graduate Certificate Deadlines

DeadlinesSpring 2021Summer 2021
Fall 2021
Final day to submit Graduate Certificate Program Report to the Graduate College  Monday, March 1
Monday, July 5
Monday, October 4