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 on the Degree Candidates Deadlines page through the Graduate College website.

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.

All forms can be downloaded through the Graduate College Documents and Forms Web page.    

Last day for submission for Fall 2019 semester (December graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator       May 20, 2019
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                 August 5, 2019
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    November 1, 2019
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    November 8, 2019
  • Graduation Recital (musp portfolio students)            November 15, 2019
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                   November 22, 2019
  • Exam results and summary                                         November 29, 2019
  • Commencement                                                           December 13, 2019

    dates are subject to change without notice

Last day for submission for Spring 2020 semester (May graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator        August 26, 2019
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                  December 2, 2019
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    April 3, 2020
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    April 3, 2020
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                  April 24, 2020
  • Graduation Recital (musp portfolio students)            April 30, 2020
  • Exam results and summary                                         May 1, 2020
  • Commencement                                                           May 15, 2020

    dates are subject to change without notice

Last day for submission for Summer 2020 semester (August graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator        January 31, 2020
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                May 1, 2020
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    July 2, 2020
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    July 2, 2020
  • Graduation Recital (musp portfolio students)            July 17, 2020
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                  July 24, 2020
  • Exam results and summary                                         July 31, 2020
  • Commencement                                                           August 15, 2020

dates are subject to change without notice

Last day for submission for Fall 2020 semester (December graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator         May 22, 2020
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                   July 31, 2020
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                     November 6, 2020
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                      October 30, 2020
  • Graduation Recital (musp portfolio students)              December 4, 2020
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                    December 4, 2020
  • Exam results and summary                                           December 11, 2020
  • Commencement                                                             To be announced

dates are subject to change without notice

Last day for submission for Spring 2021 semester (May graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator        September 4, 2020
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                  December 4, 2020
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                     April 2, 2021
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                      March 19, 2021
  • Graduation Recital (musp portfolio students)              April 23, 2021
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                    April 23, 2021
  • Exam results and summary                                           April 30, 2021
  • Commencement                                                             To be announced

dates are subject to change without notice