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:

  • Fall 2018 Graduates - September 6 - November 16, 2018

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

Thesis/report options ONLY - Students must upload the thesis or report BEFORE submitting the required printed pages detailed below. The Graduate School will not accept a paper copy of the thesis or report, although the student’s graduate department or program may require one. There will be a final format check when the required printed pages (see below) are submitted. 

It is critical that your submission be complete and correct. After submission, no revisions or corrections will be allowed except for those required by the graduate dean.

The upload and required printed pages are due by 3 p.m. on the deadline:

  • Fall 2018 Graduates - December 7, 2018, by 3:00 p.m.

Required Printed Pages

Thesis/Report Option 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. Incomplete packets will not be accepted:

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. All paperwork must be submitted together in one packet. Incomplete packets will not be accepted. Send them to:

The University of Texas at Austin
Dean of the Graduate School
110 Inner Campus Drive, Stop G0400
MAI 101
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:

  • Fall 2018 Graduates - September 6 - November 16, 2018

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

You must schedule your dissertation defense, also known as the final oral examination, at least two weeks prior to the defense date. You must submit your dissertation/treatise to your Dissertation Committee at least four weeks before your defense.

Exit Surveys

It is critically important that all doctoral candidates complete all the following surveys:

Dissertation Submission

Doctoral candidates must upload their dissertation BEFORE submitting the required printed pages detailed below.  The Graduate School will not accept a paper copy of the dissertation, although the student’s graduate department or program may require one. There will be a final format check when the required printed pages (see below) are submitted.

It is critical that your submission be complete and correct. After submission no revisions or corrections will be allowed except for those required by the graduate dean.

The upload and required printed pages are due by 3 p.m. on the deadline:

  • Fall 2018 Graduates - December 7, 2018, by 3:00 p.m.

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. Incomplete packets will not be accepted:

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. All paperwork must be submitted together in one packet. Incomplete packets will not be accepted. Send them to:

The University of Texas at Austin
Dean of the Graduate School
110 Inner Campus Drive, Stop G0400
MAI 101
Austin, TX 78712-1710