Master's with project

Graduation checklist​

Graduate project defense examinations are public events and open to the university and wider community. The student should submit their name and project, thesis, or dissertation title and the date, time, and location of their defense examination to the Graduate School at least two weeks prior to their defense examination date. The Graduate School, along with the home program, department, college, or school, will advertise the examination.

The defense examination includes a public presentation of the project moderated by the chair of the graduate advisory committee, followed by a private executive examination by the committee.

You may submit your Public Defense Announcement to the Graduate School using the submission form found on the Forms webpage


Here is listed all the required paperwork for all Master's students.

For more details on the timelines for deadlines to submit these, please visit our dates and deadlines page.  You may file these forms through the new online platform linked to the forms page. 

  • Report on Comprehensive Exam 
    Oral and/or written as required by your program.

  • Report on Dissertation/Thesis/Project Defense  
    NOTE: Some programs combine your defense and comprehensive exams into one large event. If this is true for your program, please be aware that we still need this form filled out and fully signed.

  • Advancement to Candidacy

.            Due one semester before applying to graduate

  • Language and/or Research Tool 
    Required for Anthropology students only

  • Application for Graduation 
    See deadlines at the bottom of this page.

  • Project Approval Form 
    This is NOT the same as your Report on Defense form .

  • Upload/Submit your final Project via Jotform to the Graduate School.


  • For Interdisciplinary Master's Degree students:  A completed Interdisciplinary Degree Title Form

The approved final draft of your project must include:

  • *A title page as page 1 (See here for an example (WORD))  
  • *An abstract as page 2 (This will allow the library archivists to obtain enough data for the collection).

For more formatting guidance, please consult the  Project Formatting Handbook (PDF).

For an example of project formatting, please see our template.

A PDF copy of your post-defense project, approved by your committee and department chair, must be submitted through JotForm.  

Responsibility: You are responsible for meeting all requirements for graduation. Your Advancement to Candidacy must be received by the Graduate School the semester before you intend to graduate.

  • Master’s with project
    • You must be registered for a minimum of 3 graduate-level credits within your discipline the semester that you successfully defend your thesis or project and plan to graduate.
    • If you have already successfully defended but missed the previous semester graduation deadline, then you must be registered for a minimum of 1 graduate-level credit within your discipline the semester that you plan to graduate.

UAF issues diplomas to graduates three times each year: in September following the summer sessions, in January at the close of the fall semester, and in May at the end of the spring semester. All students who complete degree requirements during the academic year are invited to participate in the annual commencement ceremony at the end of spring semester.

Names of students receiving degrees appear in the commencement program and are released to the media unless a written request not to do so has been received by the graduation department. Students who do not want their names to be released may so indicate on the application for graduation form.

Graduates are responsible for ordering caps and gowns through the UAF bookstore in early spring. Master’s students also must order hoods; the color of the hood is determined by the graduate’s school or college. Doctoral students who attend the commencement ceremony will receive a doctoral hood on stage during the ceremony. 

Important deadlines

Graduation application deadlines
Graduating semester Priority deadline ($50 fee) Late deadline ($80 fee)
Fall October 15 November 15
Spring February 1 March 1
Summer July 15 No late deadline available


Graduating semester Deadline to submit final approved draft of project and other paperwork
Fall December 15
Spring April 24
Summer August 10