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Thesis Deadlines

Submission of a manuscript during a semester does not guarantee graduation in that semester. Factors that can result in not graduating include the following:

  • Unavailability of the student to participate in the ongoing editing process
  • Major formatting errors (see the Handbook)
  • Major problems with grammar, spelling, etc.
  • Manuscripts that have not been approved by the supervisory committee and department chair

Manuscripts submitted on the deadline but that have any of these problems will not be considered for that semester.

Please take these factors into account when planning defense and graduation dates.

The entire editing process can take 2 or more months to complete; so the earlier a manuscript is submitted, the better the student's chance of graduating in the desired semester.

However, students wishing to be considered for graduation in a specific semester must meet the dates in this calendar.

Semester of Graduation Deadline for Preliminary Review of format (before defense) Deadline for submissions over 200 pages (after defense) Deadline for submissions under 200 pages (after defense)
Fall 2018 October 5, Friday October 19, Friday October 26, Friday
Spring 2019 February 15, Friday March 8, Friday March 15, Friday
Summer 2019 May 31, Friday June 7, Friday June 14, Friday


For more information go to the Graduate School/Thesis Office.