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Ph.D. Graduation Requirements

Thesis deadline extended

For Winter and Spring 2021 Quarters, the deadline to submit a thesis has been extended to two weeks past the last day of the quarter. See the Grad School's schedule of deadlines.

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. See complete Graduate School dates and deadlines outlined per quarter.

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. Last day of the 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.