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Thesis, Dissertation, Performance and Oral Presentation Deadlines Calendar

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

Important Deadlines for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021
Deadlines by semester FA20 SP21 SU21
Apply to graduate in LionPATH 9/8 1/25 6/18
Submit doctoral dissertation for format review 10/5 2/8 6/4
Submit master's thesis for format review 10/5 2/8 6/4
Pass doctoral defense* 10/12 2/26 6/18
Submit final thesis or dissertation and supporting materials 11/13 3/29 7/6
Pass final performance (DMA students only) 11/13 3/29 7/6
Pass; final oral presentation (DNP students only) 11/13 3/29 7/6
Committee members to approve final thesis/dissertation 12/11 4/26 8/2

*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 their plan of study.

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