Preparing to Defend or Graduate
Congratulations on being ready to graduate! In addition to the arrangements you will make with your committee as you prepare to present (“defend”) your thesis or dissertation, there are several administrative steps you must take to prepare to graduate, arrange and publicize your defense presentation, submit required paperwork, and follow registration requirements. Please carefully review and follow the steps on the Defense Scheduling and Graduation Policies Checklist.
Tips to Make the Process Run Smoothly
Working with Your Committee
Keep in touch with your committee. If anything changes make sure to update your committee and the main office.
Publicize Your Defense Prior to Presentation Date
Important: It is the program’s policy that defenses should be publicized at least two weeks prior to your presentation date. If you do not provide the information needed to publicize your defense with adequate advance notice, you may be asked to reschedule.
Satisfying Registration Requirements
During the quarter you plan to present your thesis or dissertation, you must be enrolled for at least two credits. Generally people register for thesis/dissertation credits, but you are not required to do so if you have taken your required minimum. If you have already taken a minimum of 9 thesis credits (or a minimum of 27 dissertation credits) you may sign up for another elective; or, you may choose to continue to register for thesis/dissertation. At this time, there isn't a maximum credit limit on thesis/dissertation credits
If You Need Additional Time
If you do not complete the degree requirements (including submission of your thesis), you must enroll for at least two credits the next quarter and resubmit the master's degree request. Let the GPA know of your intention so that she can withdraw your request for master's degree on-line.
If you have completed all degree requirements but just need a brief extension to finish formatting your thesis, you can file for a Graduate Registration Waiver and pay a $250 fee in lieu of registration. It is available to qualifying students for a 2 week period directly following the quarter in which all Graduate School and graduate program degree requirements are met. Qualifying students who pay this fee will graduate in the quarter following the fee payment period. Note: This option may have an effect on the grace period for student loans becoming due; students should check with their lenders for registration requirements before utilizing this option in lieu of registration. For complete details on this option and to confirm your eligibility go to Graduate School Policies.
Dates and deadlines are listed on the Graduate School