The Graduate School has the below standard application deadline dates. Some graduate programs may have earlier application deadline dates, so please refer to the program-specific website or contact the department directly if you have any questions about their requirements.
|SEMESTER||DEGREE-SEEKING APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE||NON-DEGREE SEEKING APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE|
|Spring 2018||December 1, 2017||January 1, 2018|
|Summer 2018||May 1, 2018||June 18, 2018|
| Fall 2018||August 1, 2018||August 20, 2018|
|Spring 2019||December 1, 2018||December 31, 2018|
Our application portal is located here. You will click “Sign Up” if this is your first time visiting this application portal. Otherwise, you will log into your existing account with the email address that you have used previously.
The Graduate School has the below candidacy deadline dates for all Plan I students. Doctoral students are required to have a minimum of two (2) semesters in candidacy while master’s students are required to have a minimum of one (1) semester in candidacy. This paperwork must be processed by the appropriate deadline in order to be applicable for that semester. For example, if your admission to candidacy is processed by the Fall 2017 deadline of August 25, 2017, that semester counts as your first semester in candidacy.
|FIRST SEMESTER IN CANDIDACY||DEADLINE DATE|
| Spring 2018|| January 5, 2018|
| Summer 2018 – 14 week*|| May 4, 2018|
| Summer 2018 – 10 week*|| June 1, 2018|
|Fall 2018||August 24, 2018|
|Spring 2019||January 4, 2019|
If you are unsure whether your 699 or 799 research hours begin in the 14-week or 10-week Summer session, please check with your department or view the class schedule to determine the start date.
Awarding of a Degree or Graduate-Level Certificate
The Graduate School has the below application for degree and/or graduate-level certificate deadline dates. Note the associated deadline dates for Plan I (students completing a thesis or dissertation) and Plan II (students not completing a thesis or dissertation). Degree requirements can be found in the Graduate Catalog.
Plan I (students completing a thesis or dissertation)
|SEMESTER||DIPLOMA DATE||APPLICATION FOR DEGREE AND/OR CERTIFICATE DEADLINE DATE||FINAL DEFENSE DEADLINE DATE||DEADLINE FOR DOCUMENT SUBMISSION|
|Spring 2018|| April 28, 2018|| January 19, 2018|| March 30, 2018||No later than 10 business days following public defense|
|Summer 2018|| August 11, 2018|| May 18, 2018|| July 13, 2018||No later than 10 business days following public defense|
|Fall 2018||December 15, 2018||September 7, 2018||November 16, 2018||No later than 10 business days following public defense|
|Spring 2019|| April 27, 2019|| January 18, 2019|| March 29, 2018|| No later than 10 business days following public defense|
Plan II (students not completing a thesis or dissertation)
|SEMESTER||DIPLOMA DATE||APPLICATION FOR DEGREE AND/OR CERTIFICATE DEADLINE DATE*|
|Spring 2018||April 28, 2018||January 19, 2018|
|Summer 2018||August 11, 2018||May 18, 2018|
|Fall 2018||December 15, 2018||September 7, 2018|
|Spring 2019||April 27, 2019||January 18, 2019|
*Check with your department as some programs have earlier deadline dates (e.g. School of Education).
Application for Graduate Degree/Certificate
Students planning to graduate in the upcoming term can access the Application for Graduate Degree/Certificate online through BlazerNET by clicking Links/Forms and selecting Apply for Graduate Degree/Certificate. The application must be submitted by the deadline date listed above; however, check with your department as some programs have earlier deadline dates (e.g. School of Education).
Approval Form Request
Change of Diploma Mailing Address
Change of Graduate Study Committee
ProQuest Submission Site
Survey of Earned Doctorates – doctoral students only
Your research proposal will be the recipe for your dissertation. Your introduction should clearly state what the proposed research will be about. It is useful to start with a clear formulation of your research question and should include a short version of your literature review.
You will then need to expand on this by explaining:
The literature review should state:
The literature review is an important part of your rationale as it provides a framework for the reader to understand the research question and methodology. It also demonstrates to the reader your awareness of the breadth and diversity of the literature relating to your research question. It is a carefully structured outline of what others have said and done. It also requires critical examination of the related literature including strengths, weaknesses and gaps.
Your supervisor will help you to understand about the breadth of the literature you need to consult.