The Office of Graduate Education

Deadlines

Due to the closure of the University for the Winter Break, if you wish to defend Jan. 2–15, 2019, you are required to submit your dissertation to the Thesis and Dissertation Submission website by Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

Also, please note that the submission website will be closed during the Winter Break and will reopen for activity on Jan. 2, 2019.

PhD Deadlines - Fall 2018

August 28, 2018 Graduation Application Deadline for Fall 2018.
October 23, 2018 Last day to request a final oral exam.
November 6, 2018 Last day to hold a final oral exam.*
November 15, 2018 Last day to upload dissertation for final review by Graduate Education Office.
November 20, 2018 - 12pm NOON Last day to receive approval of final version of dissertation by Graduate Education Office.

 

Master's Deadlines - Fall 2018

August 28, 2018 Graduation Application Deadline for Fall 2018.
November 20, 2018 Last day to upload thesis for review by Graduate Education Office.
November 27, 2018 - 12pm NOON Last day to receive approval of final version of thesis by Graduate Education Office.

 

In Absentia Deadlines (for Spring 2019 graduation)

In Absentia for those Fall 2018 candidates who did not make the Fall deadlines.
December 6, 2018 - PhD Only Last day to request a final oral exam.
December 20, 2018 - PhD Only Last day to hold a final oral exam.*
January 11, 2019 - MS Only Last day to upload thesis for review by Graduate Education Office.
January 15, 2019 - PhD Only Last day to upload dissertation for final review by Graduate Education Office.
In Absentia - January 18, 2019, 12pm NOON - MS and PhD Last day to receive approval of final version of dissertation/thesis by Graduate Education Office.

 

PhD Deadlines - Spring 2019

January 23, 2019 Graduation Application Deadline for Spring 2019.
March 26, 2019 Last day to request a final oral exam.
April 9, 2019 Last day to hold a final oral exam.*
April 18, 2019 Last day to upload dissertation for final review by Graduate Education Office.
April 23, 2019 - 12pm NOON Last day to receive approval of final version of dissertation by Graduate Education Office.

 

Master's Deadlines - Spring 2019

January 23, 2019 Graduation Application Deadline for Spring 2019.
April 23, 2019 Last day to upload thesis for review by Graduate Education Office.
April 30, 2019 - 12pm NOON Last day to receive approval of final version of thesis by Graduate Education Office.

 

In Absentia Deadlines (for Summer 2019 graduation)

In Absentia for those Spring 2019 candidates who did not make the Spring deadlines.
May 7, 2019 - PhD Only Last day to request a final oral exam.
May 21, 2019 - PhD Only Last day to hold a final oral exam.*
May 28, 2019 - MS Only Last day to upload thesis for review by Graduate Education Office.
May 30, 2019 - PhD Only Last day to upload dissertation for final review by Graduate Education Office.
In Absentia - June 4, 2019, 12pm NOON - MS and PhD Last day to receive approval of final version of dissertation/thesis by Graduate Education Office.

For University deadline dates, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

*May NOT conduct Final Oral Exam when the University is closed for business. It also may not start after 4:00pm.

 

In Absentia Frequently Asked Questions

What does graduating In Absentia mean?

Ordinarily, students must be registered for the semester in which they graduate. Graduating In Absentia allows a doctoral or master’s candidate to apply to graduate without formally enrolling in courses.

Who is eligible to graduate In Absentia?

Doctoral/master’s candidates who do not make the semester deadlines for finalizing their dissertation/thesis have the option to graduate In Absentia the following semester if they meet the following criteria:

  • Must have already defended and have completed all degree requirements, and only need to receive final approval of their dissertation or thesis.

What is the procedure to graduate In Absentia?

  • Finish all requirements to graduate by the In Absentia Deadlines posted on the Office of Graduate Education website.
  • Submit an approved In Absentia Form to the Office of Graduate Education after defending your dissertation or thesis.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation online through Galaxy for the following semester, as the graduation application from the prior semester does not roll over.
  • Contact your Program Office if you need to be made “eligible to graduate.”
  • Pay the $100 In Absentia fee which will be applied to your account after Census Day.

For more information on In Absentia Graduation for international students please visit International Student Services Office.

For more explanation please visit UT Dallas 2018 Graduate Catalog.