Semester Thesis Deadline
with Enrollment Waiver
Initial Format Check Thesis/Required Forms Due
Fall 2016 Aug. 26, 2016 at 3 p.m. Nov. 7, 2016 Ph.D.: Nov. 14, 2016 at noon
M.S.: Dec. 9, 2016 at noon
Spring 2017 Jan. 13, 2017 at 3 p.m. Mar. 31, 2017 Ph.D.: Apr. 7, 2017 at noon
M.S.: Apr. 28, 2017 at noon
Summer 2017 May 19, 2017 at 3 p.m. Jul. 21, 2017 Ph.D.: Jul. 28, 2017 at noon
MS: Jul. 28, 2017 at noon
Fall 2017 Aug. 25, 2017 at 3 p.m. Nov. 6, 2017 Ph.D.: Nov. 13, 2017 at noon
MS: Dec. 8, 2017 at noon

All dates subject to change
* Applies only to students who want to submit a thesis and enrollment waiver at the same time. 

Please note that thesis deadlines are firm, and if you don't submit yours by the deadline, your graduation may be delayed. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to submitting theses or dissertations:

  • Ensure that your document conforms to the requirements set forth in the Manual for Graduate Theses. All forms that must be submitted with your thesis/dissertation are available here.
  • Check your department's deadline, as they are sometimes earlier than the deadlines listed above.
  • Submit your dissertation oral exam announcements to your school/department at least 10 working days prior to the presentation date.
  • Bring a copy of your thesis/dissertation to the Office of Graduate Studies, or email a PDF of it to to have the format checked. (Only final copies of documents should be submitted to the electronic thesis and dissertations website.)
  • Confirm that you home department will send the following documents to the Office of Graduate Studies for final approval:
    * Request for Admission to Ph.D. Candidacy (submit upon completion of departmental requirement)
    * Request for Approval of Minor
    * Request for Approval of Master's Thesis Topic

For more information, send an email to or call 404.894.1610.