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.
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
2020 - 2021 Completion Dates and Deadlines
(For Spring 2021Graduation)
Students in their final quarter are invited to review the UW Graduate School's page on Preparing to Graduate
Monday, March 29
First day to submit your Masters Degree Request. To graduate, you must do so by Friday, June 11.
Monday, April 5
First draft of Thesis due to Thesis Advisor
Friday, April 16
Master’s degree requests due if you wish to be included in Commencement ceremonies and last chance to change your name listing in the Commencement program
Friday, May 7
Revised Thesis due to Thesis Advisor and Second Reader.
This is also a good time to set up an ETD (Electronic Thesis/Dissertation) account and explore the submission requirements and thesis publication and access options.
In addition to the pages that the UW Graduate School maintains on electronic thesis submission, the UW Lbraries offers these FAQs that explain the process and its choices.
Wednesday, May 12
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 Catalyst
Electronic Thesis Submission Workshops: learn what the process and requirements are for submitting your thesis for publication and preservation.
Tues, May 18-Thurs, May 20, times TBC. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 21
Thesis Advisor and Second Reader provide written feedback to student on thesis. If for any reason you do not meet the May 7 deadline, you will not be assured of timely feedback.
Friday, June 4
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 certifyies 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 5: Spring Festival
Friday, June 11, 11:59 p.m: Last chance to submit a Master’s Degree Request
Friday, June 11, 11:59 pm: Last chance to submit thesis electronically
Missing this deadline will require you to enroll in Summer Quarter to submit your thesis and graduate.
Saturday, June 12: Graduate Hooding [Bothell – Mobius Hall] Tentative
Sunday, June 13: UW Bothell Commencement [Safeco Field] Tentative
Important Commencement Dates and Deadlines (TBC)
Commencement ceremonies for the UW Bothell Class of 2020 will be celebrated concurrent with the Class of 2021 at T-Mobile Park in June 2021. Class of 2020 graduate students will also be invited to a Hooding Ceremony. Registration will open for Class of 2020 graduates in Autumn 2020.
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.