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The following deadlines are for theses, dissertations, DMA performances, and DNP final oral presentations only. Students writing master's papers should contact his/her plans of study for deadlines.

Important Deadlines for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020
Deadlines by semester FA19 SP20 SU20
Activate intent to graduate on LionPATH 9/10 1/27 6/19
Submit doctoral dissertation for format review 9/30 2/17 6/5
Submit master's thesis for format review 9/30 2/17 6/5
Pass doctoral defense* 10/7 3/6 6/19
Submit final thesis or dissertation and supporting materials 11/15 3/30 7/7
Pass final performance (DMA students only) 11/15 3/30 7/7
Pass final oral presentation (DNP students only) 11/15 3/30 7/7

*Questions about the doctoral dissertation defense should be directed to Graduate Enrollment Services (814-865-1795). Students with questions regarding the master's thesis defense should contact his/her plan of study.

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