Thesis Timeline

First Year of Study


Second Year Transition Form Due. You will receive an electronic link, and will be asked to sketch some preliminary plans and some advising preferences. Thesis advisors and second readers are then assigned before the conclusion of the quarter.

Early June

Once your thesis advisor has been assigned, please reach out and contact them. If possible, plan to meet with them before the last day of Spring Quarter instruction to outline a plan of work for the summer and the following academic year. Thesis advisors are often not available over the summer, so please do not delay without first consulting your thesis advisor.

You will be asked to complete a Thesis Completion Plan which will guide the Graduate Office in setting up your independent study credits and enable you to register. Please complete your Thesis Completion Plan and return it to by the last day of Spring Quarter or as soon as possible thereafter to facilitate this.

Second Year of Study

Fall Quarter

Work on Thesis

Winter Quarter

Work Toward A Completed Thesis

Spring Quarter

Complete Thesis

2023 – 2024 Completion Dates and Deadlines

(For Spring 2024 Graduation)     

Students in their final quarter are invited to review the UW Graduate School’s page on Preparing to Graduate

  • Wed, May 8: MFA Spring Festival Intent to Participate. Let Graduate Office know of your intent to read at 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.
    • Submit your program information via this form
  • Wed, May 15, 12:00-1:00 pm (PT): Watch How to Submit Your Thesis in ETD Presentation Recording. Learn what the process and requirements are for submitting your thesis for publication and preservation. Session will be recorded and made available in UW Canvas.
  • Friday, May 17
    Thesis Advisor and Second Reader provide written feedback to students on the thesis. If for any reason you do not meet the May 8 deadline, you will not be assured of timely feedback.
  • Friday, May 31: Final thesis due to Thesis Advisors with a filled-in copy of the “Master’s Supervisory Committee Approval Form.”  
    • Please note: You must upload a completed and signed Master’s Supervisory Committee Approval Form when you submit your thesis electronically in the ETD Administrator. The form certifies that your faculty committee (thesis advisor and second reader) have examined the final copy of the thesis, have found it complete and satisfactory, and confirm that any and all required revisions required have been made.
    • Unable to Collect Signatures? Students who are experiencing difficulties collecting physical ink signatures (unable to access scanners, printers, postal delays, etc.) should refer to page 2 of the Master’s Supervisory Committee Approval Form for special instructions.
  • Saturday, June 1: Spring Festival
  • Friday, June 7, 5:00 pm: Last chance to submit a Master’s Degree Request
  • Friday, June 7, 5:00 pmLast chance to submit thesis electronically  Missing this deadline will require you to enroll in Summer Quarter to submit your thesis and graduate.
  • Saturday, June 8: Graduate Hooding [Bothell Sports Field]
  • Sunday, June 9: Graduation [Bothell Commencement – T-Mobile Park]

See more Commencement updates and FAQs here.

Notes on consequences of missed submission, or unapproved final submissions.

Scenario 1. Thesis work is completed and approved, but the final ETD submission deadline 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.

For MFA students whose theses are not approved prior to the final ETD submission deadline, the student will need to enroll in additional credits (min. 1 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.