Please keep in mind that these are the Graduate School deadlines.

You must obtain signatures from your Advisor, Committee Members, and Graduate Program Director as indicated on the forms before submission to the Graduate School

Your academic unit may have internal deadlines you need to meet and other forms that need to be completed before your paperwork is forwarded to the Graduate School

 Master’s Deadlines/Last Possible Dates FAQ's  




14 February 2014



M2 for Thesis

Program for Master’s Degree 

Application for Master’s Degree

Appointment of Thesis Committee

11 April 2014

M3 and one paper copy of thesis

Thesis in Essentially Final Form

25 April 2014


Last Day to Defend Thesis

16 May 2014
12:00 p.m.

M2CR  for thesis and final Approval of Thesis

Report of Thesis Defense
Advisor approval in
Paper copies for archiving option

16 May 2014
5:00 p.m.

M2CR for Exit Projects, Scholarly Papers and Comprehensive Exams








Educational Specialist Deadlines/Last Possible Dates FAQ's 




14 February 2014


Program for Educational Specialist Degree

14 February 2014


Application for Degree

16 May 2014


Report of Scholarly Paper Completion

Doctoral Deadlines/Last Possible Dates FAQ's 




14 February 2014


Names of Doctoral Candidates (submitted by Program)

4 April 2014

D6 and D9

Dissertation in Essentially Final Form and Electronic Copy of the Oral Defense Announcement

25 April 2014


Last Day to Defend Dissertation

2 May 2014


Report of Defense/Top half of form only

16 May 2014
12:00 p.m.

Graduate School approval of D7

D-8 (paper copies only)

Final Approval of the Dissertation by committee chair and submission of final copy (D8/paper, approval in electronic)

Confirmation of Submission from UMI/Proquest

Completed and Survey of Earned Doctorates (Ph.D. only)

All Delayed Grades for Doctoral Candidates




Frequently Asked Questions


Where do I get the forms?
All forms may be downloaded from our website.

How do I know if everything is O.K.? Your program director will be notified of your status periodically through the semester. You should be contacted if there are problems.

When is Graduation? Commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19. All ceremonies will be on the UMSL campus.  Information about the ceremonies will be placed on the Commencement Web Page

How do I get a cap and gown? Caps, gowns, and master's hoods will be available at the University Bookstore during and after the Grad Fair. You will receive information concerning the fair about midpoint during the semester.  Information is also available on the commencement web page.

I won't be at commencement, how do I get my diploma? All diplomas are mailed to students 6 to 8 weeks after the ceremony regardless of participation.