Dates and Deadlines

 

DEFENSE DEADLINES

Department and Dean's office deadlines for defending may vary. Consult with them for more information.

Per catalog policy, you must be in 3 graduate-level credits in the semester that you attempt to defend your thesis or project. Upon successfully passing your defense, you will only have to register for 1 graduate-level credit in subsequent semesters (contingent upon maintaining the 6-credits per academic year continuing enrollment requirement). The deadlines by which you need to successfully defend in order to be eligible for enrolling in one (1) graduate-level credit has recently changed, however. Previously, you were required to defend before the last day of finals in a given semester in order to be eligible to enroll in 1 credit your graduating semester. The new policy is that you must defend no later than the last working day before the first day of classes of your graduating semester (For example, if the spring semester starts on January 16th, you have to successfully pass your defense by 5pm the day before in order to be eligible to register in only 1 credit for spring.)

OUTSIDE EXAMINERS FOR PHD COMPS AND DEFENSES MUST REQUEST AN OUTSIDE EXAMINER AT LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EXAM.

GRADUATION DEADLINES

Deadline for Advancement to Candidacy Form

At the latest, the Advancement to Candidacy Form must be submitted at least one semester before you plan to graduate. We strongly recommend that you turn it in sometime near the middle of the semester before you intend to graduate so that we have time to review it against your program and catalog requirements and let you know if anything is amiss with enough time for you to fix it. That said, it is in your best interest to review your Advancement to Candidacy against your program requirements to make sure that it matches or that you have petitions to address the disparities.

If you choose to turn in your Advancement the same semester you intend on graduating, any errors or omissions therein may result in you not graduating as expected.

Deadline for Application for Graduation*

Application for graduation (online form) is filed through the Graduation Office.  After Graduation receives your application for graduation they will send you a graduation checklist with any remaining requirements necessary for graduation.

DEADLINES:

Fall Graduation: October 15th

Spring Graduation: February 15th

Summer Graduation: July 15th

Deadline for Thesis & Dissertation Submission* (see column to the right for department/school/college deadlines, which are necessarily EARLIER than those shown below)

Fall Graduation: November 28th
(Note that it is no longer December 3rd!)

Spring Graduation: April 7

Summer Graduation: August 1

*Requests for extensions to spring and summer deadlines will be considered on a case-by-case basis and approval is NOT guaranteed. Fall extensions are not allowed.  Please use this form to request an extension

Deadline for Project Submission* 

Fall Graduation: December 15th

Spring Graduation: April 24

Summer Graduation: August 15th

Deadline for Other Paperwork *

Fall Graduation: December 15th

Spring Graduation: April 24th

Summer Graduation: August 15th

Examples of "other paperwork":

  • Report on Exam Form for: Thesis defense, project defense, and/or comprehensive exam
  • Revision Memos (exceptions to policy)
  • Report on Language or Research Tool Form

*Note: If the deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the deadline is the 8am Alaska time on the closest Monday. For example, if the deadline is November 28th and that falls on a Saturday, then the actual deadline will be 8am Monday, November 30th

All theses/dissertations must be approved through the committee first, then the department chair, then the dean's office.  Deadlines for the department chair (if known) and the dean's office are shown below.

THESE DEADLINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE!

YOU ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT YOUR DEPARTMENT CHAIR AND DEAN'S OFFICES DIRECTLY TO CONFIRM OR DETERMINE DEADLINES.


College of Fisheries and Ocean Science (contact Christina Sutton at clsutton3@alaska.edu or 474-5840 for confirmation)

Theses/Dissertations due to the department chair:

Fall - October 31 Spring - March 3 Summer - June 27

Theses/Dissertations due to the CFOS Dean's Office:

Fall - Nov 14 Spring - Mar 17 Summer - July 11

College of Liberal Arts (contact Crystal Frank at cafrank@alaska.edu or 474-1902 for confirmation)

Theses/Dissertations due to the CLA Dean's Office:

Fall - November 13 Spring - March 24 Summer - July 18

College of Engineering and Mines (contact Ashley Lindsoe at aclindsoe@alaska.edu or 474-6529 for confirmation)

Theses/Dissertations due to the CEM Dean's Office:

Fall - November 12th
(this was modified Oct 2018 due to Dean Goering's travel schedule)
Spring - March 22nd Summer - Seven working days before our deadline

College of Rural and Community Development

Theses/Dissertations due to the CRCD Dean's Office:

Fall - TBD Spring - TBD Summer - TBD

College of Natural Science and Mathematics

Visit Dates and deadlines for CNSM students


School of Education (contact Jane Monahan at jmmonahan@alaska.edu or 474-5362 for confirmation)

Fall - TBD Spring - March 30 Summer - TBD

School of Management - Contact your department chair and dean's offices directly.


 

ANNUAL REPORT - For students admitted in a fall or summer semester, this is due May 15th of every year. For students admitted in the spring semester, it is due by December 15th of every year.  (Need an extension?  Request one here.)

OTHER STUDENT FORMS – See the column titled "Policy links, form instructions and deadlines" under the List of Forms with Instructions and Deadlines on the student forms page.

OUTSIDE EXAMINER REQUEST FORM: Due at least two weeks before your PHD oral comprehensive exam or PHD dissertation defense.  Three weeks is preferred.

Summer graduation timeline calendar
Spring graduation timeline calendar
Fall graduation timeline calendar