Deadlines & Submission Instructions


During your last semester as a graduate student, you must apply to graduate, in addition to completing other required steps.

Master’s Candidates

If you expect to complete your degree during a given semester, file to graduate by submitting the Master’s Graduation Application form online. (A paper form may be submitted by students enrolled in dual-degree programs. Contact a Graduate Coordinator to obtain the paper form, to which you must attach a program of work that has been approved by your program graduate adviser.)

The form must be completed and submitted during the appropriate time period:

  • Spring 2016 Graduates — January 19 to April 22, 2016
  • Summer 2016 Graduates — June 2 to July 29, 2016
  • Fall 2016 Graduates — TBA

Students who do not submit the form by the deadline will not be eligible to receive their degree until the subsequent semester.

If you find after filing for graduation that you will not complete your degree requirements, contact the Graduate School for instructions for rescheduling your graduation. The Master’s Graduation Application form is valid for one semester only; a new application must be submitted if your semester of graduation changes. 

Registration Requirement for Final Semester

All students must be registered in their final graduating semester. Thesis Option students must be registered in 698B and Report Option students must be registered in 398R to submit a graduation application.

Thesis or Report Submission

All master’s degree candidates who are completing the thesis or report option must upload the thesis or report by 3 p.m. on the deadline AND before final paperwork is submitted:

  • Spring 2016 Graduates — May 6, 2016
  • Summer 2016 Graduates — August 12, 2016
  • Fall 2016 Graduates — TBA

Required Printed Pages

Students are also required to submit a printed copy of the following pages to the Graduate School, Main 101, by 3 p.m. on the relevant deadline listed above. All paperwork must be submitted together in one packet:

Submit the forms whether you used human participants or conducted research in a restricted region or not. If you did use human participants, attach a copy of the IRB approval letter or waiver or exemption notification of the form. If you traveled to a restricted region, attach a copy of your IOC approval letter(s).

If you cannot deliver the required pages in person, they may be mailed to arrive by the deadline. We recommend that you use a guaranteed method of delivery. Send them to:

The University of Texas at Austin

Dean of Graduate Studies

110 Inner Campus Drive, Stop G0400

Austin, TX 78712-1710

Doctoral Students

If you expect to complete your degree during a given semester, file to graduate by submitting the Doctoral Graduation Application form.

It must be completed and submitted during the appropriate time period:

  • Spring 2016 Graduates — January 19 to April 22, 2016
  • Summer 2016 Graduates — June 2 to July 29, 2016
  • Fall 2016 Graduates — TBA

Students who do not submit the form by the deadline will not be eligible to receive their degree until the subsequent semester.

Registration Requirement for Final Semester

In your final semester, you must be registered for _99W. (Music majors should check with their graduate adviser for registration requirements.)

Dissertation Defense/Final Oral Examination

After you file to graduate, schedule your dissertation defense, also known as the final oral examination.

Dissertation Submission

All doctoral degree candidates must upload their dissertation by 3 p.m. on the deadline AND before final paperwork is submitted:

  • Spring 2016 Graduates — May 6, 2016
  • Summer 2016 Graduates — August 12, 2016
  • Fall 2016 Graduates — TBA

Required Printed Pages

Students are also required to submit a printed copy of the following pages to the Graduate School, Main 101, by 3 p.m. on the relevant deadline listed above. All paperwork must be submitted together in one packet:

Submit the forms whether you used human participants or conducted research in a restricted region or not. If you did use human participants, attach a copy of the IRB approval letter or waiver or exemption notification of the form. If you traveled to a restricted region, attach a copy of your IOC approval letter(s).

If you cannot deliver the required pages in person, they may be mailed to arrive by the deadline. We recommend that you use a guaranteed method of delivery. Send them to:

The University of Texas at Austin

Dean of Graduate Studies

110 Inner Campus Drive, Stop G0400

Austin, TX 78712-1710

Other Requirements

In addition to the required printed pages, doctoral candidates are also requested to complete the following by the relevant deadline listed above:

  • The Association of American Universities Data Exchange exit survey regarding your experience as a doctoral student; and
  • The confidential National Science Foundation (NSF) Survey of Earned Doctorates.