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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 2022Summer 2022Fall 2021
Final day to submit master's degree Program
of Study
 
to the Graduate College
Monday, October 4, 2021Monday, March 7Monday, April 5
Final day to submit Master's Thesis Topic and Committee Membership form to the Graduate College (thesis students only)
Monday, October 4, 2021Monday, March 7Monday, April 5
Final day to submit Request for Degree Check online (thesis students only)Tuesday, February 1Friday, May 27Friday, November 12
Final day to apply for graduationTuesday, February 15Wednesday, June 1Wednesday, September 15
Recommended final day to submit thesis reading copy to committee (thesis students only)
4 weeks prior to defense4 weeks prior to defense
 
Final day to submit Request for Authority
to Defend
 
to the Graduate College (thesis students only)
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Wednesday, November 24
Final day for students to submit Report of Reading Copy Submission and Request for Authority to Defend to the Graduate College (thesis students only, beginning Spring 2022)Friday, April 15 (and at least 10 working days prior to defense)
Thursday, July 7 (and at least 10 working days prior to defense) 

Final day for committees to sign Report of Reading Copy Submission and Request for Authority to Defend (thesis students only, beginning Spring 2022)

Friday, April 22 (and at least 5 working days prior to defense)
Thursday, July 14 (and at least 5 working days prior to defense) 
Final day to hold thesis defense (thesis students only)Friday, April 29Thursday, July 21Friday, December 10
Final day to complete master's non-thesis
examination (non-thesis students only)
Friday, May 6Thursday, July 28Friday, December 10
Final day to submit Approval for Thesis/Dissertation Submission to SHAREOK (thesis students only)Friday, May 6Thursday, July 28Friday, December 17
Final day to submit thesis to SHAREOK (thesis students only)Friday, May 6
Thursday, July 28Friday, December 17

Doctoral Degree Deadlines

DeadlinesSpring 2022Summer 2022Fall 2021
Final day to apply for the doctoral
general examination
*
(student's ACR must be up-to-date the semester prior to applying)
Tuesday, February 1Friday, May 27Friday, September 3
Final day to submit Request for
Degree Check
 online
Tuesday, February 1Friday, May 27
Friday, November 12
Final day to apply for graduationTuesday, February 15
Wednesday, June 1Wednesday, September 15
Recommended final day to submit dissertation reading copy to committee
4 weeks prior to defense4 weeks prior to defense 
Final day to submit Request for
Authority to Defend
to the Graduate College
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see next lineWednesday, November 24
Final day for students to submit Report of Reading Copy Submission and Request for Authority to Defend to the Graduate College (beginning Spring 2022)Friday, April 15 (and at least 10 working days prior to defense)
Thursday, July 7 (and at least 10 working days prior to defense) 
Final day for committees to sign Report of Reading Copy Submission and Request for Authority to Defend (beginning Spring 2022)Friday, April 22 (and at least 5 working days prior to defense)
Thursday, July 14 (and at least 5 working days prior to defense) 
Final day to hold dissertation defenseFriday, April 29Thursday, July 21Friday, December 10
Final day to complete doctoral general examinationFriday, May 6Thursday, July 28Friday, December 10
Final day to submit Approval for Thesis/Dissertation Submission to SHAREOK
Friday, May 6Thursday, July 28
Friday, December 17
Final day to submit dissertation to SHAREOK
Friday, May 6Thursday, July 28Friday, 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 2022Summer 2022
Fall 2022
Final day to submit Graduate Certificate Program Report to the Graduate College  Monday, October 4
Monday, March 7
Monday, April 4