Doctoral Program Policies and Procedures
Doctoral students on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus should follow their individual program policies and procedures in order to successfully complete their program in a timely manner. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of all relevant deadlines and to plan accordingly. Frequent communication with your committee members is essential to ensure that all requirements are met/scheduled in a timely manner to ensure timely completion of all necessary steps. Deadlines cannot be altered and missing one will delay your graduation. Relevant doctoral program handbooks describing requirements can be found here:
The culmination of the doctoral experience is completion of the dissertation.
Dissertation Format Guidelines
Dissertation format guidelines vary by discipline as follows:
Helpful Guides When Researching/Writing The Dissertation
Mardigan Library Resources for Doctoral Students
Human Subjects Protection Program/IRB Information
Graduate Student Research Grants
Student Research Travel Grants
Obtaining Copyright Permission
Using Microsoft Word for your Dissertation
Information Technology Services Student Computer and Software Resources
Commencement and Regalia Information
The University of Michigan-Dearborn holds two commencement ceremonies each year in April/May and December. However, degrees are conferred three times a year. In addition to conferrals that take place during commencement ceremonies at the end of the Fall and Winter terms, degrees completed during the Summer term are conferred at the August meeting of the Board of Regents and are distributed by mail. All candidates who complete the degree requirements in August may choose to participate in commencement ceremonies at a later date. If you plan to participate in commencement, you must order your regalia (hood, gown, and tam) from the bookstore at least six weeks before the ceremony. The hood and gown can be rented or purchased. The tam must be purchased.
Deadlines by which a candidate must defend a dissertation and complete all degree requirements are published for each term. The deadline to have the degree conferred in the same term as a final term of enrollment is approximately six weeks before the end of a semester. All students who wish to be considered for graduation and commencement participation must complete a Degree/Diploma application. For complete information and deadline dates, please see Applying to Graduate/Doctorate Students.