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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

 Summer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
Final day to file Program of Study form in the Graduate CollegeMonday, March 5Monday, April 2Monday, October 1
Final day to file for graduation*Friday, June 1
Saturday, September 15Friday, February 15
Final day to file Request for Authority for Thesis Defense in the Graduate CollegeThursday, July 19Friday, November 30Friday, April 26
Final day to complete master's non-thesis examinationThursday, July 26Friday, December 7Friday, May 3
Final day to hold thesis defenseThursday, July 26
Friday, December 7Friday, May 3
Final day to submit final thesisThursday, August 2
Friday, December 14Friday, May 10

Doctoral Degree Deadlines

 Summer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
Final day to apply for doctoral general examinationFriday, June 22
Friday, August 31Friday, January 25
Final day to file for graduation*Friday, June 1
Saturday, September 15
Friday, February 15
Final day to submit Request for Degree Check onlineThursday, June 28
Friday, November 9Friday, April 5
Final day to file Request for Authority for Dissertation Defense in the Graduate CollegeThursday, July 12
Wednesday, November 21
Friday, April 19
Final day to complete doctoral general examinationThursday, July 26Friday, December 7Friday, May 3
Final day to hold dissertation defenseThursday, July 26Friday, December 7
Friday, May 3
Final day to submit final dissertationThursday, August 2
Friday, December 14Friday, May 10

Graduate Certificate Deadlines

 Summer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
Graduate Certificate Program Report due in the Graduate CollegeMonday, July 2
Monday, October 1Monday, March 4

*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.