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.
|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 meeting either via conference room or via zoom depending on committee’s preference.||
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 meeting room location or Zoom link information.||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 firstname.lastname@example.org.||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.|
|10||If you complete your final exam, but need more time to submit your dissertation, you may submit a Graduate Registration Waiver. The waiver allows you to submit your dissertation up to two weeks following the last day of the quarter. There is a $250 fee and you will graduate the following quarter, but you do not need to enroll in the following quarter.|
Note: Following your exam, your committee will be emailed a Reading Committee approval form to complete. The Graduate Program Manager will follow up with them to confirm that you met all graduation requirements.