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 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                    November 2, 2018
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    November 2, 2018
  • Graduation Recital (musp portfolio students)            November 16, 2018
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                   November 23, 2018
  • Exam results and summary                                         November 30, 2018
  • Commencement                                                           December 14, 2018

    dates are subject to change without notice

Last day for submission for Spring 2019 semester (May graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator        October 2, 2018
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                  November 19, 2018
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    April 5, 2019
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    April 5, 2019
  • Graduation Recital (musp portfolio students)            April 19, 2019
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                  April 26, 2019
  • Exam results and summary                                         May 3, 2019
  • Commencement                                                           May 17, 2019

    dates are subject to change without notice

Last day for submission for Summer 2019 semester (August graduation)

  • Dissertation Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator        January 28, 2019
  • Thesis Topic Approval to Grad Coordinator                  May 6, 2019
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    July 5, 2019
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    July 5, 2019
  • Graduation Recital (musp portfolio students)            July 19, 2019
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                  July 26, 2019
  • Exam results and summary                                         August 2, 2019
  • Commencement                                                           August 17, 2019

    dates are subject to change without notice

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
  • Portfolio turned in to the Grad Secretary                    November 8, 2019
  • Thesis/Dissertation to Grad Coordinator                    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
  • Graduation Recital (musp portfolio students)            April 17, 2020
  • Comprehensive Exam                                                  April 24, 2020
  • Exam results and summary                                         May 1, 2020
  • Commencement                                                           May 15, 2020

    dates are subject to change without notice