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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 2021 Deadlines & Commencement

July 10: Format Check Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
July 15: Defense Deadline
July 19: Graduation Application Deadline
July 25: Final Submission Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
August 15: Summer Graduation (no ceremony)

Fall 2021 Deadlines & Commencement

October 11: Format Check Deadline
September 20: Graduation Application Deadline
November 1:
Defense Deadline
November 15:
Final Submission Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
December 13:
Commencement Exercises, 2:30 p.m., Colonial Life Arena 
December 13: Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, 9:30 a.m., Koger Center 

Spring 2022 Deadlines & Commencement

March 1: Format Check Deadline
March 21: 
Defense Deadline
April 4: 
Final Submission Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
May 7:
 Commencement Exercises (Tentative, Details TBA)
May 7: Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, (TentativeDetails TBA )

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

You should submit your thesis draft to your advisor and your thesis committee.

When should this be completed?

In your final term of study. 

Thesis & Dissertation Instructions 


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