Deadlines & Submission Instructions

Please see the Graduate School's COVID-19 policies and resources website for instructions on submitting materials during social distancing .

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 2021 Graduates – January 19, 2021 – April 16, 2021
  • Summer 2021 Graduates - June 3, 2021 - July 30, 2021

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

The University has acquired access to iThenticate by Turnitin that allows you to check your report, thesis, or dissertation to help identify potential textual similarities between your document and other previously published documents. The Graduate School strongly encourages the use of this tool while preparing drafts of your report, thesis, or dissertation, along with discussion of the results of these reviews with your supervisor. You can find information abut using this tool at https://gradschool.utexas.edu/content/ithenticate . 

Thesis/report options ONLY - Students must upload the thesis or report BEFORE submitting the required 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 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. CDT on the deadline:

  • Spring 2021 Graduates – May 7, 2021
  • Summer 2021 Graduates - August 13, 2021

Required Pages 

Please see the Graduate School's COVID-19 policies and resources website for instructions on submitting materials during social distancing. 

Thesis/Report Option students are also required to submit a copy of the following pages to the Graduate School at GradStudentSvcs@austin.utexas.edu by 3 p.m. CDT on the relevant deadline listed above. All paperwork must be submitted together in one packet. Incomplete packets will not be accepted:

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 2021 Graduates – January 19, 2021 – April 16, 2021
  • Summer 2021 Graduates - June 3, 2021 - July 30, 2021

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. A defense cannot be held within two weeks of the last class day of the semester, unless the committee has consented to hold the defense within those last 2 weeks.

The last day a doctoral candidate may hold a dissertation defense:

  • Spring 2021 Graduates – April 23, 2021
  • Summer 2021 Graduates - July 30, 2021

Exit Surveys

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

Dissertation Submission

The University has acquired access to iThenticate by Turnitin that allows you to check your report, thesis, or dissertation to help identify potential textual similarities between your document and other previously published documents. The Graduate School strongly encourages the use of this tool while preparing drafts of your report, thesis, or dissertation, along with discussion of the results of these reviews with your supervisor. You can find information abut using this tool at https://gradschool.utexas.edu/content/ithenticate . 

Doctoral candidates must upload their dissertation BEFORE submitting the required 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 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. CDT on the deadline:

  • Spring 2021 Graduates – May 7, 2021
  • Summer 2021 Graduates - August 13, 2021

Required Pages

Please see the Graduate School's COVID-19 policies and resources website for instructions on submitting materials during social distancing. 

Doctoral students are also required to submit a copy of the following pages to the Graduate School at GradStudentSvcs@austin.utexas.edu by 3 p.m. CDT on the relevant deadline listed above. All paperwork must be submitted together in one packet. Incomplete packets will not be accepted:

  • The Report of Dissertation Committee with signatures of your supervising committee - no proxy signatures allowed. ALL committee members and the GSC Chair (or representative) must sign the report. This form was emailed to you at the time of your defense; and
  • Any requests to Delay Publication.