Degree Candidates Deadlines

Degree Candidates Deadlines

Individual programs may establish earlier deadlines or guidelines for associated activities (e.g., signing up for comprehensive exams, submitting preliminary drafts of theses and dissertations, final examinations, etc.). The appropriate program handbook or graduate coordinator should be consulted. Students are reminded that it takes time for faculty to read theses, dissertations, and examinations with the rigor and care they deserve.

2020-2021 Dates to Remember - Printer-friendly PDF version


Fall Semester 2019

  • Monday, May 27, 2019
    • Admission to Ph.D. candidacy (approval of dissertation topic)
  • Monday, July 15, 2019 
    • Graduation application available online through student center
  • Monday, August 12, 2019
    • Approval of thesis topic
  • Monday, September 16, 2019
    • Graduation application deadline – must be submitted online
  • Friday, November 8, 2019
    • Completed Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Form including all signatures is due in the Graduate College by 5:00 p.m.  Both sections of the form: Results of Final Exam and Manuscript Approval need to be fully completed.
  • Friday, November 15, 2019
    • Upload of approved, final copy of master’s thesis/doctoral dissertation
  • Friday, November 29, 2019
    • Results of the capstone experience for ALL Plan II master’s degrees must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. The Plan II (Master's) is a DocuSign eform.
  • Friday, December 13, 2019
    • Graduate College Commencement

Spring Semester 2020

  • Monday, September 2, 2019
    • Admission to Ph.D. candidacy (approval of dissertation topic)
  • Monday, October 15, 2019
    • Graduation application available online through student center
  • Monday, December 9, 2019
    • Approval of thesis topic
  • Monday, February 17, 2020
    • Graduation application deadline – must be submitted online
  • Friday, April 10, 2020
    • Completed Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Form including all signatures is due in the Graduate College by 5:00 p.m.  Both sections of the form: Results of Final Exam and Manuscript Approval need to be fully completed.
  • Friday, April 17, 2020
    • Upload of approved, final copy of master’s thesis/doctoral dissertation
  • Friday, May 1, 2020
    • Results of the capstone experience for ALL Plan II master’s degrees must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. The Plan II (Master's) is a DocuSign eform.
  • Friday, May 15, 2020
    • Graduate College Commencement

Summer Semester 2020

  • Friday, February 7, 2020
    • Approval of dissertation topic (Admission to doctoral candidacy)
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2020
    • Graduation application available online
  • Friday, May 8, 2020
    • Approval of thesis topic
  • Friday, June 12, 2020
    • Graduation application deadline
  • Friday, July 10, 2020
    • Completed Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Approval Form. Students should plan to defend 2 weeks prior to this deadline to allow for revisions/approvals.
  • Friday, July 17, 2020
    • OhioLINK upload of approved, final copy of master’s thesis/doctoral dissertation
  • Friday, July 31, 2020
    • Results of the capstone experience for ALL Plan II master’s degrees
  • Saturday, August 15, 2020
    • Graduate College Commencement

Fall Semester 2020

  • Friday, May 29, 2020
    • Approval of dissertation topic (Admission to doctoral candidacy)
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    • Graduation application available online
  • Friday, August 7, 2020
    • Approval of thesis topic
  • Friday, September 25, 2020
    • Graduation application deadline
  • Friday, November 13, 2020
    • Completed Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Approval Form. Students should plan to defend 2 weeks prior to this deadline to allow for revisions/approvals.
  • Friday, November 20, 2020
    • OhioLINK upload of approved, final copy of master’s thesis/doctoral dissertation
  • Friday, December 4, 2020
    • Results of the capstone experience for ALL Plan II master’s degrees
  • Friday, December 18, 2020
    • Graduate College Commencement

Spring Semester 2021

  • Friday, September 11, 2020
    • Approval of dissertation topic (Admission to doctoral candidacy)
  • Thursday, October 15, 2020
    • Graduation application available online
  • Friday, December 11, 2020
    • Approval of thesis topic
  • Friday, February 26, 2021
    • Graduation application deadline
  • Friday, April 16, 2021
    • Completed Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Manuscript Approval Form. Students should plan to defend 2 weeks prior to this deadline to allow for revisions/approvals.
  • Friday, April 23, 2021
    • OhioLINK upload of approved, final copy of master’s thesis/doctoral dissertation
  • Friday, May 7, 2021
    • Results of the capstone experience for ALL Plan II master’s degrees
  • Friday, May 21, 2021
    • Graduate College Commencement
The Graduate College reserves the right to change these dates if necessary.