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Masters Degree Progress

Follow these steps toward the completion of your master's degree, preparing to meet milestones from your first months on campus to graduation day. 

Summer 2024 Deadlines & Commencement

July   5: Format Check Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
July 15: Graduation Application Deadline
July 15: Defense Deadline
July 22:
Final Submission Deadline 
August 15: Official Date of Graduation*

*Summer 2024 graduates will participate in commencement ceremonies December 16, 2024

Steps to Your Master's Degree

Your degree program may have additional requirements and deadlines, such as a language proficiency exam or thesis defense. Check with your advisor about specific degree requirements for your program of study.

1. Submit Program of Study

Master's Program of Study Form (MPOS) 

Every degree-seeking student must file a Master's Program of Study for approval by the dean of the Graduate School. 

Program of Study Adjustment Form (POSA) 

If you'd like to remove or add a course for approval, complete the Program of Study Adjustment form. It must be approved by your advisor, graduate director and the dean of the Graduate School.

When should this be completed?

Within the first 12 months of course work.

2. Complete All Program Requirements

Course Requirements

Check with your program for specific course requirements. 

When should this be completed?

By your final term of study. 

3. Complete Your Thesis

If your program requires a thesis, this is at least a four-step process:

  1. Have your thesis topic approved by your advisor and thesis committee.
  2. Submit a draft of your thesis for a preliminary format check, here.
  3. Defend your thesis and attend to any required changes.
  4. Submit a final version of your thesis, here.
When should this be completed?

See the calendar above for format check and final submission deadlines.

Thesis & Dissertation Instructions 

4. Apply for Graduation

Application for Graduation »
Apply on Click the "Apply to Graduate" link under the "Student" tab.  The attendance question refers to participation in the ceremony at the Colonial Life Arena.

When should this be completed?

See the calendar above for application to graduate deadlines.


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