Graduation Deadlines

It is ultimately your responsibility to have all requirements completed and meet all the deadlines for graduation. Please make sure you know the deadlines for the Graduate College as well as for the College of Musical Arts. Graduate College deadlines can be found here.

The following are deadlines for submitting the final copy of a composition, thesis or dissertation and completing a comprehensive exam. Please do not request extensions of these dates. They should be considered “non-negotiable.” The purpose of maintaining these deadlines is to guarantee that final projects of the highest possible quality are achieved.

The topic approval form (thesis), ETD approval/submission form (thesis), and dual master’s ETD approval form can be downloaded through the Graduate College documents Web page. The music education master's plan II report form (mued comps) and the musp/muct master's recital and portfolio report form (plan II performance and theory) can be downloaded through the College of Musical Arts web page. All information on these forms MUST be typed including the faculty names under the signature lines. If the information is not typed it will not be accepted.

last day for submission for fall 2016 semester (December graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator       May 16, 2016
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                 July 1, 2016
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    November 4, 2016
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    November 4, 2016
  • Graduate Recital (portfolio)                                          November 23, 2016
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                   December 2, 2016
  • Exam results and summary                                         December 9, 2016
  • Commencement                                                           December 16, 2016

last day for submission for spring 2017 semester (May graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator       October 3, 2016
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                 November 28, 2016
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    March 13, 2017
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                     March 24, 2017
  • Graduate Recital (portfolio)                                           April 7, 2017
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                    April 14, 2017
  • Exam results and summary                                          April 21, 2017
  • Commencement                                                            May 5, 2017

last day for submission for Summer 2017 semester (August graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator       January 2, 2017
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                 April 3, 2017
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    June 16, 2017
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    June 23, 2017
  • Graduate Recital (portfolio)                                          July 21, 2017
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                   July 21, 2017
  • Exam results and summary                                         July 28, 2017
  • Commencement                                                           August 5, 2017

last day for submission for fall 2017 semester (December graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator       May 15, 2017
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                 June 30, 2017
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    October 27, 2017
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    November 3, 2017
  • Graduate Recital (portfolio)                                          December 1, 2017
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                   December 1, 2017
  • Exam results and summary                                         December 8, 2017
  • Commencement                                                           December 15, 2017

last day for submission for spring 2018 semester (May graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator       October 3, 2017
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                 November 20, 2017
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    March 16, 2018
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                     March 23, 2018
  • Graduate Recital (portfolio)                                           April 20, 2018
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                    April 20, 2018
  • Exam results and summary                                          April 27, 2018
  • Commencement                                                            May 4, 2018

last day for submission for Summer 2018 semester (August graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator       January 2, 2018
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                 April 2, 2018
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    June 15, 2018
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    June 22, 2018
  • Graduate Recital (portfolio)                                          July 20, 2018
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                   July 20, 2018
  • Exam results and summary                                         July 27, 2018
  • Commencement                                                           August 4, 2018

last day for submission for fall 2018 semester (December graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator       May 14, 2018
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                 June 29, 2018
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    October 26, 2018
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    November 2, 2018
  • Graduate Recital (portfolio)                                          Nobember 30, 2018
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                   November 30, 2018
  • Exam results and summary                                         December 7, 2018
  • Commencement                                                           December 14, 2018

dates are subject to change