Completing the Ph.D. Degree

Finishing your PhD includes many academic and administrative steps. You can find information about the academic steps in the Final Exam (Dissertation Defense) page. The administrative steps are covered on this page. The hard deadline for completing all of these tasks is the last day of the quarter. A slow and steady approach will save you stress at the end of the quarter!

Prepare to Graduate

The Graduate school has an extensive graduation page (link below) that you will need to examine carefully and often. Of note on this page is the detailed Graduation Checklist. The Graduate School to-do highlights include:

  • Register for at least two credits in the quarter you plan to graduate
  • Request your degree/apply to graduate in MyGrad
  • Complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)
  • Submit an Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD) 

Preparing to Graduate


Submit your Dissertation

You are required to submit an Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD) to the Graduate School. This is how you share your research with the academic community. The links below include guidelines and resources about the process.

Thesis/Dissertation Information Page

Formatting Guidelines


Update the Department

Email these materials to the GPA: