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Graduate College Deadlines

All graduate students should familiarize themselves with the Graduate College deadlines below, deadlines within their academic department, and the University Academic Calendar.

Any calendar is subject to change when it is determined to be in the best interest of the University to do so.

Master's Degree Deadlines

 Fall 2017Spring 2018
Final day to file Program of Study form in the Graduate CollegeMonday, April 3
Monday, October 2
Final day to file for graduation*Friday, September 15
Thursday, February 15
Final day to file Request for Authority for Thesis Defense in the Graduate CollegeFriday, December 1
Friday, April 27
Final day to complete master's non-thesis examinationFriday, December 8
Friday, May 4
Final day to hold thesis defenseFriday, December 8Friday, May 4
Final day to submit final thesisFriday, December 15
Friday, May 11

Doctoral Degree Deadlines

 Fall 2017Spring 2018
Final day to apply for doctoral general examinationFriday, September 1
Friday, January 26
Final day to file for graduation*Friday, September 15
Thursday, February 15
Final day to submit Request for Degree Check onlineFriday, November 10
Friday, April 6
Final day to file Request for Authority for Dissertation Defense in the Graduate CollegeWednesday, November 22
Friday, April 20
Final day to complete doctoral general examinationFriday, December 8
Friday, May 4
Final day to hold dissertation defenseFriday, December 8Friday, May 4
Final day to submit final dissertationFriday, December 15
Friday, May 11

Graduate Certificate Deadlines

 Fall 2017Spring 2018
Graduate Certificate Program Report due in the Graduate CollegeMonday, October 2Monday, March 5

*The Application for Graduation is available online.

  • Students who do not apply for graduation will not be cleared for graduation.
  • Norman campus and OU North America and Europe (formerly Advanced Programs) students are not required to pay a fee when applying for graduation.
  • Students who plan to participate in commencement or convocation ceremonies may purchase caps, gowns, and other graduation gear from the OU bookstore or participate in the Graduation Gear-Up event. More information is available at the Commencement website.