Deadlines

Here you’ll find the deadlines you need to keep track of to complete your thesis or dissertation on time.

In addition to taking note of these deadlines, make sure you verify with your program any additional requirements you may have.

Master’s Thesis

Your master's theses deadlines vary depending on whether your degree is conferred through IU or Purdue.

IU Deadlines

You must submit your completed thesis with a signed acceptance page by the 10th of the month in which you wish to graduate. Learn how to submit »

Be sure to allow time before this date to schedule a format check and make any needed changes to your document.

Purdue Deadlines

The Graduate School at Purdue University lists deadlines for theses on its website. Go to the Purdue Graduate School now »

Doctoral Dissertation

Your Ph.D. deadlines vary depending on whether your degree is conferred through IU or Purdue.

IU Deadlines

Since your dissertation will take multiple years to complete, you need to be sure you are meeting deadlines at the beginning, middle, and end of the process.

Preparing to Write Your Dissertation
  • Once you’ve completed your coursework and passed your qualifying examination, complete your Nomination to Candidacy (eDoc) form. This form must be approved by the University Graduate School at least eight months before graduation and before the Nomination of Research Committee form can be approved.
  • Submit your Nomination of Research Committee form. Your nomination form must be approved no less than six months before you defend your dissertation.
Defense Deadlines
  • At least 45 days before you plan to defend your dissertation, schedule a format check for your defense announcement, acceptance page, and signed formatted abstract with the IU Graduate School recorder in the Graduate Office at IUPUI. Learn how »
  • At least four weeks before you plan to defend your dissertation, give the members of your committee their copies of your work and the date of the defense. Learn more »
  • At least 30 days before your scheduled defense, submit a one-page defense announcement to the Graduate Office at IUPUI. Medical science students also must submit a copy of the defense announcement to the School of Medicine Graduate Office, MS 207.
Dissertation Submission
  • Complete a format check of your dissertation with the Graduate Recorder in the Graduate Office, once all changes required by your committee have been made. Note that it is wise to schedule this format check well before your expected graduation date.
  • Submit your bound dissertation by the 10th of the month in which you wish to graduate. Learn how »

Purdue Deadlines

The Graduate School at Purdue University lists deadlines for dissertations on its website.