Timeline for Graduation

Keep track of your deadlines and graduation requirements as you progress toward your degree and be sure to check with your program or department for any additional requirements or deadlines.

Purdue Degree Requirements

Degree requirements for Purdue University degrees offered on the IUPUI campus can be found on the Purdue University Graduate School website.

IU Degree Requirements

  1. Use the Master Degree Progression Checklist for requirement details.
  2. Verify that all your transfer credits posted to your transcript.
  3. Complete your coursework.
  4. Fill out the Master's Application for Advanced Degree eDoc form. A complete application containing all necessary information must be received by the IUPUI Graduate Office by the 15th of the month prior to the month of graduation. Once submitted, you can check this to track the approval process. Please note that the eDoc will route to your program for additional processing before routing to the IUPUI Graduate Office. Once you’ve applied for your degree, verify that there are no negative service indicators on your account in SIS.
  5. Verify through One.IU the correct spelling of your name, your correct student home address, and your preferred email address. Please note, the Graduate Office will email you when your diploma is ready. Your diploma will be sent to the address you indicate is your student home address.
  6. Verify all R and I grades have been completed and converted to actual grades.
  7. If completing a thesis, schedule a format check with the IU Graduate School recorder in the Graduate Office.
  8. If completing a thesis, submit it with a signed acceptance page by the 10th of the month prior to the month of graduation.

Year 1

  1. During your first semester at IUPUI, submit the final transcript of all undergraduate and graduate degrees earned before entry into your Ph.D. program.
  2. Verify all transfer credits are posted to your transcript. (Course substitutions and revalidations are required to be submitted with the Nomination to Candidacy eDoc or before.)
  3. International students, complete any needed English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
  4. Form your advisory committee. Your program or department can tell you more about how to choose the best advisory committee for you.

Years 2-4

  1. Complete your coursework.
  2. Pass your qualifying exams. After you pass your qualifying exams you must enroll for class each fall and spring semester thereafter, with the exception of summers, until you graduate. If you are graduating during the summer, you must enroll for at least one session during that summer.
  3. Once you’ve completed your coursework and passed your exams, complete your Nomination to Candidacy (eDoc) form. A minor form and plan of study must be submitted before the Nomination to Candidacy eDoc.
  4. The Nomination to Candidacy eDoc must be approved by the University Graduate School at least eight months before graduation and before the Nomination of Research Committee (eDoc) form can be approved.
  5. Submit your Nomination of Research Committee eDoc. Your nomination eDoc must be approved six months before you defend your dissertation.
  6. Research Committee Requirements: (minimum of four members are required)
    • Chair:
      • Must be faculty from the major department
      • Must be on the IU Graduate Faculty List with endorsement to direct doctoral dissertations
    • Two or more members:
      • Must be from the major department
      • Must be on the IU Graduate Faculty List (one of the two must be endorsed)
      • Outside member can serve as a 5th member (not one of the minimum four and cannot serve as chair)
    • Minor Rep:
      • Must be from the minor department
      • If more than one minor, a minor rep is required to represent each minor department
      • Must be on the IU Graduate Faculty List
  7. Graduate Faculty Status -- All members of a research committee must be listed on the IU Graduate Faculty List. Please visit Membership to Graduate Faculty to learn more about the nomination process for those not on the list.

    Limited Status – Limited status can be used for committee appointments under several circumstances. Limited status can be used for the appointment of an off campus individual who is expert in the student’s training area but who does not hold an IUPUI Graduate Faculty appointment (not IUPUI employees or affiliates). Applications must be submitted to the IUPUI campus Graduate School office for a limited appointment for these individuals to serve on specific student committees. Typically, these external experts do not have voting rights on decisions related to student progression and grades, but they can contribute to meetings and help mentor students. Also, these individuals would be considered a 5th member, not one of the minimum four requirement. Individuals with affiliate or other non-tenure track appointments at IUPUI can hold limited or full appointments depending on their efforts on campus.

    If a research committee member leaves IUPUI in good standing for any reason other than retirement and wishes to remain on a committee until the student graduates, a request must be made for “limited” status. These requests must include the student name and university ID.

    Each committee must have a faculty member serving as the representative for the minor (minor rep). The minor representative should be an IUPUI faculty member with full status from the minor program. The term outside member is sometimes used to refer to the minor representative. However, this term may also be used to refer to a faculty member from another department or school who holds a full appointment on the IUPUI Graduate Faculty.

    Emeritus faculty may continue to serve on the student committee on which they held membership prior to retirement. These faculty cannot serve as the committee chair, but can hold the position of co-chair. This situation does not require a request for limited status, however, if the faculty member was serving as chair, a nomination of research change form/eDoc is required along with the appointment of a new chair or co-chair.

    Requests for full or limited graduate faculty status should be sent to Dr. Janice Blum, Associate Dean, University Graduate School (jblum@iupui.edu). These requests must include a CV. Once the requests are reviewed, they will be forwarded for approval by the University Graduate School.

Years 4-5

  1. Complete and properly format your dissertation, and schedule your defense with your committee.
  2. At least two weeks (14 days) before you plan to defend your dissertation, submit a draft of your acceptance page and signed formatted abstract to the IU Graduate School recorder in the IUPUI Graduate Office. Dissertation submission.
  3. Submit your defense announcement (eDoc). NOTE: Allow time for approvals as this eDoc must be received in our office at least 30 days before defense.
  4. Defend your dissertation in front of your research committee. At your defense, have your acceptance page and abstract available to be signed. The committee should not sign the acceptance page and abstract until their post-defense revisions are completed and approved.
  5. Verify all R and I grades have been completed and converted to actual grades.
  6. Check for negative service indicators that would prevent release of your diploma.
  7. Verify through One.IU the correct spelling of your name, your correct student home address, and your preferred email address. Please note, the Graduate Office will email you when your diploma is ready. Your diploma will be sent to the address you indicate is your student home address.
  8. Submit your dissertation.