In order to ensure the timely completion of your master's thesis, please follow the steps outlined below. 

Step 1: Apply to Graduate

Complete the Graduate Application and submit it online by:

Friday, November 1, 2019, for February 2020 graduation.

Monday, March 2, 2020, for May 2020 graduation.

Friday, June 19, 2020, for August 2020 graduation.

Step 2: Submit Certification of Master’s Thesis Acceptance

Students completing graduate programs with a master's thesis requirement must electronically deposit their thesis to the Brandeis Institutional Repository. The master's thesis requirement will not be considered fulfilled, nor will the thesis be published through the University Archives, until the Certification of Master's Thesis Acceptance (PDF) form is submitted to GSAS. Complete this form and submit it by email no later than one day before your thesis submission deadline (see below). Electronic signatures are acceptable. Please email the completed form to Emily Wheeler at and cc your thesis advisor and departmental administrator.

Step 3: Submit Your Thesis Electronically

Follow the formatting guidelines for preparing your thesis for electronic submission. Submit your thesis once approved and accepted by your thesis advisor by:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, for February 2020 degree.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, for May 2020 degree.

Thursday, August 6, 2020, for August 2020 degree.

Key Dates

Read about key deadlines and dates for both GSAS and the Registrar.