Graduation Deadlines


Application for Degree Form

Available online, completed by you, and submitted electronically. Deadlines are strictly enforced.

Application for Degree Deadlines:

  • Saturday, November 1, 2014 for February 2015 graduation
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 for May 2015 graduation
  • Friday, June 12, 2015 for August 2015 graduation

Degree Completion Requirements-Master's Candidates

Beginning with students matriculating in 2008, all masters theses completed in fulfillment of the degree must be deposited electronically to the Brandeis Institutional Repository. If your program requires a master's thesis, check with your departmental administrator about guidelines for the submission and formatting of an M.A./M.S. thesis.  Please see also GSAS formatting information and deadlines. Master's Candidates completing a thesis must also submit Certification of Master's Thesis Acceptance Form to GSAS. The certification form is due at GSAS one day before the thesis submission deadline.

Degree Completion Requirements-Doctoral Candidates

Dissertations must be submitted electronically. See Ph.D. Completion Timeline for submission information.


Dissertation Defense Deadlines

  • Friday, December 12, 2014 for February 2015 completion
  • Monday, April 13, 2015 for May 2015 completion
  • Friday, July 31, 2015 for August 2015 completion

Download the Dissertation Examining Committee (DEC) form (due 2 weeks before your defense).

Dissertation Deposit Deadlines

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015 for February 2015 degree
  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 for May 2015 degree
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015 for August 2015 degree

As part of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requires electronic submission of dissertations. Along with the finished dissertation, the Office of the University Registrar and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences require that specific paperwork be submitted by specified deadlines. These deadlines as well as submission information can be seen in the Ph.D. Completion Timeline.

Master's Thesis Deposit Deadlines

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015 for February 2015 degree
  • Monday, April 27, 2015 for May 2015 degree
  • Thursday, August 3, 2015 for August 2015 degree