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Important Degree Dates and Deadlines

Timeline for Master's/Specialist Candidates

To see all required steps to earn your degree, please visit Steps To Your Degree.

EVENT DEADLINE
Submit Masters/Specialist Plan of Study. There are fees associated with this form. Second semester in program or by your departmental deadline, if earlier.

Submit Master's/Specialist Committee Appointment Form in GradPath.

As soon as the Plan of Study has been approved. This form is required whether or not you formed a committee.

Last recommended date for oral examinations/ thesis defenses is May 15, 2020 for Spring degree conferral and August 22, 2020 for Summer degree conferral. Please note that all coursework requirements must be completed by the last day of classes. 

Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 thesis submission deadlines have been extended to accommodate the immediate impact of COVID-19

 

Graduation Term Date
Summer 2020 Final approved thesis submission by 22 October 2020
Fall 2020 Final approved thesis submission, and all degree requirements by 07 December 2020
Winter 2020 Final approved thesis submission, and all degree requirements by 12 January 2021
Srping 2021 Final approved thesis submission, and all degree requirements by 14 May 2021

Timeline for Doctoral Candidates

To see all required steps to earn your degree, please visit Steps To Your Degree.

EVENT DEADLINE
Submit Plan Of Study in GradPath. Generally by the 3rd semester in Residence, or your departmental deadline - if earlier.
Submit Comp Exam Committee Appointment Form in GradPath. As soon as you have determined who will serve on your committee, and before you begin the written comprehensive exams.
Submit Announcement of Doctoral Comprehensive Exam form in GradPath. The Announcement should be submitted before your oral exam once you set the date, time and room with your committee.  (Written and oral comprehensive exam results are reported together by the committee chair following the oral exam.)
Submit Announcement of Final Oral Defense in GradPath. At least ten (10) business days prior to the date of the Final Oral Examination. Submit the Announcement as soon as you set the date, time and room for your defense with the committee.

Complete the Final Oral Examination/Defense. Dates for the Final Oral Examination are the latest dates recommended in order to meet the Dissertation* Submission deadline below.  Defending after this date for Fall 2020 and Winter 2020 leaves less time for final revisions before the submission can be made.

Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 deadlines have been extended to accommodate the immediate impact of COVID-19

Graduation Term Date
Summer 2020 22 August 2020
Fall 2020 23 November 2020
Winter 2020 5 January 2021
Spring 2021 19 April 2021

Last day to Submit Dissertations* to the Graduate Student Academic Services Office.
* Dissertations or any other doctoral product such as DMA document or DNP project report.

Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 deadlines have been extended to accommodate the immediate impact of COVID-19

Graduation Term Date
Summer 2020 22 October 2020
Fall 2020 07 December 2020
Winter 2020 12 January 2021
Spring 2021 3 May 2021

Commencement

The University holds its Commencement ceremony once a year in May. Students graduating in August or December may be included in the Commencement Program in the preceding May by special request. Please contact your degree counselor to make the request.  Each college also holds a convocation ceremony each December and May to honor its graduates.  Information about Commencement and college convocations is available at http://commencement.arizona.edu/.

Each student's degree is posted to the student record once the Graduate College confirms that all degree requirements have been completed.  Once awarded, the degree information on the transcript will include the official degree award date for the graduation term as shown below:

TERM DEGREE AWARD DATE
Summer 2020 Saturday, August 22, 2020
Fall 2020 Friday, December 18, 2020
Winter 2020 Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Spring 2021 Friday, May 14, 2021
Last updated 11 Aug 2020