Step 1: Apply to Graduate Before or By the Application Deadline

Submit your online Application for Degree. A doctoral fee must be paid with the submission of this form.


Thursday, November 1, 2018, for February 2019 graduation.

Friday, March 1, 2019, for May 2019 graduation.

Friday, June 21, 2019, for August 2019 graduation.

A new application is necessary if you do not complete all requirements for the degree by the dates listed.

Step 2: Submit Dissertation Examining Committee (DEC) Form Two Weeks before your Defense

Dissertation Examining Committee (DEC) Form: This form must be signed by your program chair and delivered to GSAS (Kutz 219) at least two weeks before your defense date. Dean Chasalow will review and sign the form, giving GSAS approval. 

Last Day to Defend

Friday, December 7, 2018, for February 2019 completion.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, for May 2019 completion.

Friday, July 26, 2019, for August 2019 completion.

Step 3: Bring Your Dissertation Defense Form and Signature Page to Your Defense

PhD Dissertation Defense Form: Obtained from the Registrar’s website. This form should be signed by your committee at the defense and returned to the Registrar’s Office.  If revisions are requested, additional form, the Report on PhD Revisions Form is required. This form must be submitted by the doctoral candidate after the committee has accepted the revised dissertation. Signature Page: for committee members to sign at your defense. Please Note: Signed version of the Signature Page is required by GSAS and should be turned in to GSAS. An unsigned Signature Page should be included in the prefatory pages of the final, ready-for-publication dissertation.

Dissertation Submission Deadlines

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, for February 2019 degree.

Thursday, April 18, 2019, for May 2019 degree.

Thursday, August 8, 2019, for August 2019 degree.

Step 4: Submit Your Dissertation — Don't wait until the last day!

Electronic Submission: Submit your dissertation to ProQuest/UMI. The Doctoral Dissertation Agreement Form, Title Page, and Abstract are all part of the online submission process.

Publishing Options: ‘TR’ (Traditional Publishing) restrictions and/or embargo on dissertation access is available through TR option; ‘OA’ (Open Access Publishing) no restrictions available to researcher (author must pay additional $95 fee for Open Access). Read more about TR and OA publishing. You can also submit to the BIR, which is OA and free of charge.

Step 5: Complete GSAS Exit Survey and Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) by Your Dissertation Submission Deadline

GSAS Exit Survey: Completed online; GSAS will send you the link to its Exit Survey once your DEC form is submitted.

Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)To receive a pin to set up your account, you should fill out this formInformation to complete the survey will then be sent to you.

Dissertation Submission and Semester Registration

If you deposit your dissertation online and it is approved by GSAS