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The PhD Program - Current Student Dissertation Timeline

PhD candidates finishing in May or August 2017 should reference the following deadlines and procedures in completing their dissertations.

May Graduates
Wednesday, March 1: Last day for degree applications
Friday, April 7: Last day to defend dissertations
Thursday, April 27: Last day to submit electronic thesis (by 4 PM)
Sunday, May 21: Commencement

August Graduates
Friday, June 23: Last day for degree applications
Friday, July 28: Last day to defend dissertations
Thursday, August 10: Last day to submit electronic thesis (by 4 PM)

PhD Completion Checklist
Students may visit their Slate portal for more detailed instructions for each of the steps below. 
1) Register for classes in the semester in which you expect to get your degree. 
2) Submit your degree application. 
3) Prepare your thesis into proper format. 
4) Obtain and fill out your dissertation defense form. 
5) Defend your thesis. 
6) Complete revisions on your thesis if necessary. 
7) Prepare your thesis into its final submission format. 
8) Submit your thesis electronically by the required deadline. 
9) Obtain final signatures and submit forms to the registrar and Brandeis IBS. 
10) Complete Survey of Earned Doctorates. 

Students with questions may contact Viola Morse at vmorse@brandeis.edu.