These instructions have been modified for the Summer 2020 quarter.

Ph.D. Graduation Requirements

It is important to communicate early and often with your faculty adviser regarding your anticipated time in the program and their expectations for meeting graduation requirements.

This is a summary of the final steps required to graduate with a Ph.D. in MSE.

International students: In addition, refer to the Graduation: Final Year Checklist from International Student Services for additional requirements.

# What When
1 Confirm Reading Committee with the Graduate Program Adviser (GPA), who will update your student record. The sooner, the better.
2 Secure a date and time that works for the committee for the final exam and schedule a Zoom session

 At least two weeks prior to your final exam.

3 Schedule final exam via MyGrad. A minimum of 24 hours after Reading Committee confirmation.
4 Consult with your faculty advisor about inviting additional attendees to attend your presentation. Send them the Zoom link information to these attendees The sooner, the better.
5 Review the details for preparing your dissertation including formatting and submission requirements.  
6 Send electronic copies of your dissertation and final defense slides to the Supervisory Committee. (Although the Reading Committee is responsible for supporting you with the dissertation, it is a courtesy to send this information to the full committee.) At least two weeks prior to your final defense.
7 Complete a Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), save the Certificate of Completion at the end of the survey, and email it to The sooner the better.
8 Plan for your final exam which should last approximately 60 minutes and an additional 30 minutes for Q&A. At least two weeks before your presentation.
9 Submit your dissertation following the UW Graduate School's Final Submission of Your Thesis formatting and submission instructions. August 21 by 11:59 p.m. Plan at least a half hour for the submission process.
*Note: If you are unable to meet this deadline, you may qualify for a Graduate Registration Waiver Fee. This will allow two weeks following the last day of the quarter to submit your thesis. You will need to pay a $250 fee in lieu of registration for the following quarter.

Note: Following your exam, your committee will be emailed a Reading Committee approval form to complete. The Graduate Program Advisor will follow up with them to confirm that you met all graduation requirements.