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Doctoral Degree Deadlines

 

All forms are also available on our FORMS page and must be submitted to the Graduate School through your department’s academic coordinator.

 

Degree Program Action

Deadline to Complete

1. Obtain an Advisor/Committee ChairAs soon as possible after admission to the Graduate School.
Submit a Program of Study to the Graduate School
Doctoral students must submit the Program of Study form to their graduate program's academic coordinator during their third semester.

A graduate student cannot take an exam in the same semester they submit their Program of Study. If you plan to take a prelim exam in Fall 2022, your program form is due by the Spring 2022 deadline. Missing the deadline may be grounds for the Graduate School to deny an examination request.
Third Semester - Form Deadline

Spring 2022: 3/1/2022
Summer 2022: 3/1/2022
Fall 2022: 10/1/2022
Spring 2023: 3/1/2023
Summer 2023: 3/1/2023
Fall 2023: 10/1/2023
Spring 2023: 3/1/2023
Summer 2023: 3/1/2023
Fall 2023: 10/1/2023
Schedule Preliminary Exam
You must have an approved Program of Study on file with the Graduate School to schedule your preliminary exam (see above).

Submit your exam form at least 10 working days prior to the proposed exam date. You must have no more than 6 graded credits of outstanding and/or in-progress coursework remaining on your Program of Study to schedule your exam.

Second attempt preliminary exam scheduling forms are due 15 working days prior to the proposed date of the exam.
Semester of Prelim - Form Deadline

Spring 2022: 4/15/2022
Summer 2022: 7/15/2022
Fall 2022: 11/23/2022
Spring 2023: 4/14/2023
Summer 2023: 7/14/2023
Fall 2023: 11/22/2023
Complete Preliminary Exam
Students may take their preliminary exams at any point during the semester, Monday - Friday, between 8am and 5pm, excluding holidays. Preliminary exams may not be held during finals week.

See the above deadlines for scheduling your preliminary exam.
Semester of Prelim - Last Day for Prelim Exams

Spring 2022: 4/29/2022
Summer 2022: 7/29/2022
Fall 2022:12/9/2022
Spring 2023:4/28/2023
Summer 2023:7/28/2023
Fall 2023: 12/8/2023

Apply for Graduation
You must have an approved Program of Study on file with the Graduate School, have passed your preliminary exam, and have at least a 3.0 cumulative graduate GPA to apply for graduation.

You may apply for graduation within myWSU by selecting the Academic Advising tile and clicking on Apply to Graduate. All applicants pay a $60 processing fee which is valid for one calendar year.


Updating Graduation Date
Students who have applied to graduate but are unable to complete their requirements may update their application for graduation using the following steps:

1. Email gradschool@wsu.edu and use the subject line: "Your name" - UPDATE Graduation Term

2. In the body of the email, provide:
a. Your name
b. Your WSU ID number
c. Your degree program (e.g. M.A. in History or Ph.D. in Biology)
d. Your new semester for graduation

3. Watch for a confirmation email from the Graduate School verifying that we have updated your graduation term.
Semester of Graduation - Application Deadline

Spring 2022 = 3/4/2022
Applications open 10/11/2021
w/$50 late fee: 3/5 - 3/31
w/$75 late fee: 4/1 - 4/22

Summer 2022 = 5/27/2022
Applications open 1/1/2022
w/$50 late fee: 5/28 - 6/30
w/$75 late fee: 7/1 - 7/29

Fall 2022 = 10/7/2022
Applications open 6/13/2022
w/$50 late fee: 10/8 - 10/31
w/$75 late fee: 11/1 - 11/18

Spring 2023 = 3/3/2023
Applications open 10/10/2022
w/$50 late fee: 3/4 - 3/31
w/$75 late fee: 4/1 - 4/21

Summer 2023 = 5/26/2023
Applications open 1/1/2023
w/$50 late fee: 5/27 - 6/30
w/$75 late fee: 7/1 - 7/28

Fall 2023 = 10/6/2023
Applications open 6/12/2023
w/$50 late fee: 10/7 - 10/31
w/$75 late fee: 11/1 - 11/17
Schedule Final Exam
You must have applied for graduation to schedule a final exam.

Meet with your committee to identify a final exam date well in advance. Submit your exam form and upload a complete draft of your dissertation to ProQuest at least 10 working days prior to the proposed exam date.

Second attempt final exam scheduling forms and drafts are due 15 working days prior to the proposed date of the exam.
Graduation Semester - Form Deadline

Spring 2022: 4/8/2022
Summer 2022: 7/15/2022
Fall 2022: 11/3/2022
Spring 2023: 4/7/2023
Summer 2023: 7/14/2023
Fall 2023: 11/2/2023
Complete Final Exam
Students must take their final exam by these deadlines. Exceptions cannot be made to extend these dates. The exam must be Monday - Friday, between 8am and 5pm, excluding holidays.

See the above deadlines for scheduling your final exam.
Graduation Semester - Last Day for Final Exams

Spring 2022: 4/22/2022
Summer 2022: 7/29/2022
Fall 2022: 11/18/2022
Spring 2023: 4/21/2023
Summer 2023: 7/28/2023
Fall 2023: 11/17/2023
Final Document Submission
You must update your ProQuest submission with your final dissertation (including revisions from your committee and the Graduate School). Also, you must email your Hold Harmless form and SED completion certificate to gradschool@wsu.edu. Your myWSU upload of your dissertation's title, abstract, and signature pages must be approved by your committee and delivered to the Graduate School.
All final documents (final dissertation, Hold Harmless, SED, and myWSU upload approved by your committee) are due 5 working days after your final exam.

For example, if your final examination is held on 4/5/2023, these documents are due by 5pm on 4/12/2023.
Commencement Participation
Doctoral students may be hooded in the commencement ceremony if they have completed all degree requirements - including having their final documents approved by the Graduate School - by noon on the Wednesday before the ceremony. Exceptions cannot be made to extend this deadline.

You must also have applied for graduation and must have registered for the commencement ceremony. You may register to walk in commencement at the Graduation Fair or at https://commencement.wsu.edu.
Deadlines for registering to walk in commencement and to order regalia are available at https://commencement.wsu.edu.

Master’s Degree Deadlines

 

All forms are also available on our FORMS page and must be submitted to the Graduate School through your department’s academic coordinator.

 

Degree Program Action

Deadline to Complete

Obtain an Advisor/Committee Chair

Refer to your graduate program's student handbook for more information.
As soon as possible after admission to the Graduate School
Submit a Program of Study to the Graduate School
Masters students must submit the Program of Study form to their graduate program's academic coordinator at the beginning of the semester before they intend to take a final exam.

A graduate student cannot take an exam in the same semester they submit their Program of Study. For example, if you plan to take a final exam in Fall 2023, your program form is due no later than 2/1/2023. Missing this deadline may be grounds for the Graduate School to deny an examination request.
Graduation Semester - Form Deadline

Spring 2022: 9/1/2021
Summer 2022: 2/1/2022
Fall 2022: 2/1/2022
Spring 2023: 9/1/2022
Summer 2023: 2/1/2023
Fall 2023: 2/1/2023
Spring 2024: 9/1/2023
Summer 2024: 2/1/2024
Fall 2024: 2/1/2024
Apply for Graduation
You must have an approved Program of Study on file with the Graduate School and have at least a 3.0 cumulative graduate GPA to apply for graduation.

You may apply for graduation within myWSU by selecting the Academic Advising tile and clicking on Apply to Graduate. All applicants pay a $60 processing fee which is valid for one calendar year.


Updating Graduation Date
Students who have applied to graduate but are unable to complete their requirements may update their application for graduation using the following steps:

1. Email gradschool@wsu.edu and use the subject line: "Your name" - UPDATE Graduation Term

2. In the body of the email, provide:
a. Your name
b. Your WSU ID number
c. Your degree program (e.g. M.A, in History or Ph.D. in Biology)
d. Your new semester for graduation

3. Watch for a confirmation email from the Graduate School verifying that we have updated your graduation term.
Semester of Graduation - Application Deadline

Spring 2022: 3/4/2022
Applications open 10/11/2021
w/$50 late fee: 3/5 - 3/31
w/$75 late fee: 4/1 - 4/22

Summer 2022: 5/27/22
Applications open 1/1/2022
w/$50 late fee: 5/28 - 6/30
w/$75 late fee: 7/1 – 7/29

Fall 2022: 10/7/2022
Applications open 6/13/2022
w/$50 late fee: 10/8 - 10/31
w/$75 late fee: 11/1 - 11/18

Spring 2023: 3/3/2023
Applications open 10/10/2022
w/$50 late fee: 3/4 - 3/31
w/$75 late fee: 4/1 - 4/21

Summer 2023: 5/26/23
Applications open 1/1/2023
w/$50 late fee: 5/27 - 6/30
w/$75 late fee: 7/1 – 7/28

Fall 2023: 10/7/2023
Applications open 6/12/2023
w/$50 late fee: 10/7 - 10/31
w/$75 late fee: 11/1 - 11/17
Schedule Final Exam
You must have applied for graduation to schedule a final exam.

Meet with your committee to identify a final exam date well in advance. Submit your exam form and upload a complete draft of your thesis to ProQuest at least 10 working days prior to the proposed exam date at www.dissertations.wsu.edu.

Second attempt final exam scheduling forms and drafts are due 15 working days prior to the proposed date of the exam.
Graduation Semester - Form Deadline

Spring 2022: 4/8/2022
Summer 2022: 7/15/2022
Fall 2022: 11/3/2022
Spring 2023: 4/7/2023
Summer 2023: 7/14/2023
Fall 2023: 11/2/2023
Complete Final Exam
Students must take their final exam by these deadlines. Exceptions cannot be made to extend these dates. The exam must be Monday - Friday, between 8am and 5pm, excluding holidays.

See the above deadlines for scheduling your final exam.
Graduation Semester - Last Day for Final Exams

Spring 2022: 4/22/2022
Summer 2022: 7/29/2022
Fall 2022: 11/18/2022
Spring 2023: 4/21/2023
Summer 2023: 7/28/2023
Fall 2023: 11/17/2023
Final Document Submission
You must upload your final thesis (including revisions from your committee and the Graduate School) at www.dissertations.wsu.edu. Also, you must email your Hold Harmless form to gradschool@wsu.edu. Your myWSU upload of your thesis title, abstract, and signature pages must be approved by your committee and delivered to the Graduate School.
All final documents (final thesis, Hold Harmless, and myWSU upload approved by your committee) are due 5 working days after your final exam.

For example, if your final examination is held on 4/5/2023, these documents are due by 5pm on 4/12/2023.
Commencement Participation
Masters students wishing to participate in commencement must have applied for graduation and must have registered for the commencement ceremony. You may register to walk in commencement at the Graduation Fair or at https://commencement.wsu.edu.
Deadlines for registering to walk in commencement and to order regalia are available at https://commencement.wsu.edu.