FILING PROCEDURE UPDATE FROM 3/12/20
All filing will be conducted remotely. You don't need an appointment. Email a Senior Academic Advisor to submit forms and ask questions about the process.
Filing students may email all paperwork to their SAA except the signed title page. Electronic signatures are accepted. Please submit paperwork in one email. Title pages may be signed by committee members electronically, but must be submitted by the committee chair or graduate program coordinator with all committee members CC’d. As is standard procedure, theses and dissertations will be uploaded via ProQuest ETD and reviewed by an SAA. SAA's are notified automatically when papers are uploaded and corrections are submitted.
All published filing dates still apply.
Click for more information on UC Davis Graduate Education Guidance.
Thesis/Dissertation Filing Deadlines
Students completing a thesis or dissertation have two options for filing dates. The first date allows students to be on the current quarter degree list. The second date allows students to not continue registering for the following quarter, but places the student on the following quarter degree list.
For example, a student who files by the third week of November in Fall quarter will be on the Fall (December) degree list. If a student needs more time, they may file in the third week of December so as to not register for Winter quarter, but that student would be placed on the Winter (March) degree list.
You must upload your thesis or dissertation to ProQuest ETD 48 hours before your scheduled appointment or the filing deadline if submitting remotely. For more information on formatting and filing the thesis/dissertation and required paperwork, please review the Preparing and Filing Your Thesis or Dissertation page.
Students on Filing Fee must file by the last day of the filing fee quarter or submit a readmission application or a filing fee extension request. Filing fee extensions are only granted in exceptional circumstances. Use the chart below to determine on which degree list you will be listed based on the day you file or complete your degree.
Thesis/Dissertation Filing Deadlines
Degree Awarded Date
Final Quarter Enrolled or Filing Fee
|August 28, 2020||Summer 2020||September 11, 2020||Spring 2020|
|September 25, 2020||Fall 2020||December 18, 2020||Spring 2020|
|November 20, 2020||Fall 2020||December 18, 2020||Fall 2020|
|December 18, 2020||Winter 2021||March 19, 2021||Fall 2020|
|February 26, 2021||Winter 2021||March 19, 2021||Winter 2021|
|March 19, 2021||Spring 2021||June 10, 2021||Winter 2021|
|May 21, 2021||Spring 2021||June 10, 2021||Spring 2021|
|August 20, 2021||Summer 2021||September 10, 2021||Spring 2021|
|September 10, 2021||Fall 2021||December 10, 2021||Spring 2021|
|November 19, 2021||Fall 2021||December 10, 2021||Fall 2021|
|December 10, 2021||Winter 2022||March 18, 2022||Fall 2021|
|February 25, 2021||Winter 2022||March 18, 2022||Winter 2022|
|March 18. 2022||Spring 2022||June 9, 2022||Winter 2022|
|May 20, 2021||Spring 2022||June 9, 2022||Spring 2022|
|June 9, 2022||Summer 2022||September 9, 2022||Spring 2022|
|August 19, 2021||Summer 2022||September 9, 2022||Spring 2022|
|September 9, 2022||Fall 2022||December 9, 2022||Spring 2022|
Master's Comprehensive Exam & Master's Plan II/MFA Project Deadlines
Master's exam or project students must take their exam or complete their project by the graduation date to be included on the quarter degree list. For example, if the Spring graduation date is June 15, a master's exam student must pass their exam by June 15 to be included on the Spring (June) degree list.
|Quarter||Summer 2020||Fall||Winter||Spring||Summer 2021|
|Final day to pass Comprehensive Exam or have the master's project approved.
Also, the conferral date for each quarter.
|September 11, 2020||December 18, 2020||March 19, 2021||June 10, 2021||September 10, 2021|