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Doctoral Degrees

Completing the Doctoral Degree

See the  Graduate School Calendar for deadlines each semester. 

Summary of Steps

These are general steps for the completion of doctoral degrees. Specific programs vary; please consult with an advisor to clarify the specific procedures for each degree program. The steps for the completing the approval process for the dissertation is summarized below. 

  1. Plan of Study filed in the Graduate School Office during the first semester(Should courses change before applying for graduation, a revised plan must be submitted).
  2. Advancement to Candidacy letter received from the Graduate School office.
  3. Application for Graduation is filed in the Graduate School office.
  4. Graduate Committee is formed and form filed in the Graduate School office.
  5. First Review of the Thesis.
  6. Copy thesis for review by committee.
  7. Final Exam.
  8. Thesis Grade Form submitted in the Graduate School office.
  9. Final corrections made on thesis. Submit for Final Review of thesis to obtain final approval by Graduate Studies Dean.
  10. Make final copies. The two copies required by the library must be on archival-quality paper.
  11. Deposit final copies with library, deposit any departmentally required copies to the department.