First Year of Study
Second Year Transition Form Due
Request for Thesis Advisor Form Due
Before the end of the school year, contact your thesis advisor and set out a summer plan of work. Thesis advisors are not generally available in the summer, so setting out a plan in advance of fall quarter is a very good idea.
Second Year of Study
Work on Thesis
Work Toward A Completed Thesis
2016 - 2017 Completion Dates and Deadlines
Monday, March 27
First draft of Thesis due to Thesis Advisor
Monday, May 1
Revised Thesis due to Thesis Advisor and Second Reader. (Please check with advisor and readers as to whether they prefer hard copy or electronic copy).
Monday, May 15
Master’s Degree Request. This is a good time to submit this electronic request, albeit you can do so earlier in the quarter and at the very latest must do so by Friday June 2.
This is also a good time to set up an ETD (Electronic Thesis/Dissertation) account and explore their submission requirements and thesis publication and access options.
Monday, May 15
Thesis Advisor and Second Reader provide written feedback to student on thesis. If for any reason you do not meet the May 1 deadline, you will not be assured of timely feedback.
Wednesday, May 17
Spring Festival Intent to Participate. Let Graduate Office know of your intent to participate in the Spring Festival and how you would like your name and the title of your thesis to appear on the program. Please also submit a 75-150 word bio at this time for the festival program. This information should be submitted via Catalyst (link forthcoming) by the end of the day on May 17.
Monday, May 29
Final thesis due to Thesis Advisors with a filled-in hard copy of the “Master’s Supervisory Committee Approval Form.”
Friday, June 2
Last day to submit a Master’s Degree Request
Saturday, June 3
Saturday, June 3
Master’s Supervisory Committee Approval Form. The Spring Festival is an excellent opportunity to get your Thesis Advisor and Second Reader’s signatures on your Master’s Supervisory Committee Approval Forms. If anyone on your committee is not planning to be at the Spring Festival, it is strongly recommended that you get their signatures before the Spring Festival. Getting signatures on this form is your responsibility. You are responsible for scanning and uploading this form with your ETD submission by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 9. See approval form for instructions.
Friday, June 9, 11:59 p.m.
Last possible minute to submit thesis. Try to accomplish this earlier! For detailed information on submitting your thesis, please download and review the Thesis Submission Packet Overview (.pdf).
Notes on consequences of missed submission, or unapproved final submissions.
Scenario 1. Thesis work is completed and approved, but the final submission deadline of June 9 is missed.
If students have completed all their degree requirements, including satisfactory thesis work, but miss the submission deadline for filing with the Graduate School, they can pay a Graduate Registration Waiver Fee of $250 instead of re-enrolling. This is for students who may have formatting issues as opposed to substantive issues with their final thesis.
Scenario 2. Thesis work is not approved by final submission deadline.
Without approval of final requirements, including satisfactory completion of the thesis, students cannot graduate. The Graduate School requires that students maintain enrollment as a full- or part-time graduate student in the quarter that they graduate, part-time status can be maintained with 2 credits.
For MFA students whose theses are not approved prior to the June 9 submission deadline, the student will need to enroll in additional credits (min. 2 CR) in the future to maintain enrolled status and file for completion/graduation in the quarter of their enrollment. (Students do not have to go on leave for the summer if they plan to enroll in autumn).
See Final Quarter Registration for details.