Thesis Work

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
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

Fall Quarter
Work on Thesis

Winter Quarter
Work Toward A Completed Thesis

Spring Quarter
Complete Thesis

2019 - 2020 Completion Dates and Deadlines

(For Spring 2020 Graduation)     

Monday, March 30
First day to submit your Masters Degree Request.  To graduate, you must do so by Friday, June 5.

Monday, April 6
First draft of Thesis due to Thesis Advisor

Friday, April 17 
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 8
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.

Wednesday, May 13
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.  RSVP to with your preferred attendance date.

Friday, May 22
Thesis Advisor and Second Reader provide written feedback to student on thesis. If for any reason you do not meet the May 8 deadline, you will not be assured of timely feedback.

Friday, June 5
Final thesis due to Thesis Advisors with a filled-in copy of the “Master’s Supervisory Committee Approval Form.”  

Note: The Spring Festival is an excellent opportunity to get your Master’s Supervisory Committee Approval Form signed. 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. See approval form for instructions.

Saturday, June 6: Spring Festival

Friday, June 12, 11:59 p.m: 

Try to accomplish this earlier! 

Saturday, June 13
Hooding Ceremony for Master's Degree Recipients, UW Bothell campus

Sunday, June 14
Commencement Ceremonies for UW Bothell graduates, Safeco Field


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.