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Finishing Your Degree

Crossing the Finish Line

It’s time!  You have completed all of your program coursework and your thesis or dissertation has been approved or you’ve passed your comprehensive exam or you had a successful project/show date.  Now, Graduate Studies needs to process your final paperwork and add you to the degree list.  Review the filing deadlines to ensure everything is submitted on time.

If you’ve written a thesis or dissertation, review the Preparing & Filling Your Thesis or Dissertation page.  You will upload your paper to ProQuest ETD, email required paperwork to your Graduate Studies Senior Academic Advisor (SAA), and ask your Graduate Coordinator or committee chair to email the title page to your SAA, with all the committee members CC'd.  Detailed guidance, links to forms, formatting guidelines, and a recorded filing webinar are available on the Filing page.  

Master’s students who take a comprehensive exam, who complete a project/capstone, and MFA students do not need to schedule a filing appointment, but do need to pass their final requirement by the degree list deadline.  Your Graduate Coordinator or advisor will submit your exam report form to Graduate Studies.  Receiving the report is the cue for your SAA to initiate the filing for graduation process.  For more detailed information, review the Completing the Master's Plan II or MFA page.