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Applying to Graduate

Degrees are conferred three times a year. In addition to conferral that takes place during the commencement ceremony at the end of the Winter term, degrees completed during the Summer term are conferred at the August meeting of the University Regents and are distributed by mail. All candidates who complete the degree requirements may choose to participate in a commencement ceremony at a later date.

The Office of the Registrar publishes annual deadlines by which a candidate must defend a dissertation and complete all degree requirements. The deadline in order to have the degree conferred in the same term is approximately six weeks before the end of the term.

The Office of the Registrar also publishes annual deadlines for candidates who defend after this date but before the last day of the term, and who complete all degree requirements, including final revisions. These candidates will have their degree conferred in the term in which they complete all requirements and submit final revisions, but will not be required to register for an additional term. The Final Dissertation and Degree Requirement Deadline Dates are below.

Final Dissertation and Degree Requirement Deadline Dates

The date by which a candidate must complete and submit all degree requirements, including format revisions, is a firm date. Extensions are not permitted. A candidate who does not meet the final deadline cannot be listed among the degree recipients for that particular term, nor participate in commencement.

Deadline Dates

 

Intended Last Day of Enrollment   Last Day to Defend Last Day to Complete All Requirements & Last Day to Apply to Graduate Degree Conferral Date
Fall 2019 For diploma to be conferred in the same term October 18, 2019 November 1, 2019 December 14, 2019
  For diploma to be conferred in following term with no new registration December 14, 2019 January 31, 2020 April 26, 2020
Winter 2020 For diploma to be conferred in the same term February 28, 2020 April 21, 2020 April 26, 2020
  For diploma to be conferred in following term with no new registration April 24, 2020 August 18, 2020 August 21, 2020
Summer 2020 For diploma to be conferred in the same term June 26, 2020 August 18, 2020 August 21, 2020
  For diploma to be conferred in following term with no new registration August 21, 2020 September 21, 2020 December 19, 2020
Fall 2020 For diploma to be conferred in the same term October 16, 2020 October 30, 2020 December 19, 2020
  For diploma to be conferred in following term with no new registration December 22, 2020 January 22, 2021 May 2, 2021
Winter 2021 For diploma to be conferred in the same term February 26, 2021 March 12, 2021 May 2, 2021
  For diploma to be conferred in following term with no new registration May 2, 2021 June 4, 2021 August 25, 2021

Office of the Registrar

1169 -
University Center (UC)
Fax: 
313-593-5697
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