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Filing & Comprehensive Exam Deadlines


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 second quarter deadline or submit a readmission application or a filing fee extension request.  Filing fee extensions are only granted in exceptional circumstances

Thesis/Dissertation Filing Deadline Degree List Degree Awarded Date Last Quarter Enrolled or on Filing Fee
September 20, 2019 (last day for Spring 19 Filing Fee) Fall 2019 December 13, 2019 Spring 2019
November 22, 2019 Fall 2019 December 13, 2019 Fall 2019
December 20, 2019 (last day for Fall 19 Filing Fee) Winter 2020 March 20, 2020 Fall 2019
March 6, 2020 Winter 2020 March 20, 2020 Winter 2020
March 25, 2020 (last day for Winter 20 Filing Fee) Spring 2020 June 11, 2020 Winter 2020
June 11, 2020  Spring 2020 June 11, 2020 Spring 2020
August 28, 2020 Summer 2020 September 11, 2020 Spring 2020
September 25, 2020 (last day for Spring 20 Filing Fee) Fall 2020 December 13, 2020 Spring 2020

Master's Comprehensive Exam/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 Fall Winter Spring September
Final Day to Pass Comprehensive Exam/Degree Awarded December 13, 2019 March 20, 2020 June 11, 2020 September 11, 2020