Apply for Graduation
Discuss the prospects for graduating with your graduate advisor. If you both agree that you are in a position to graduate during the next graduation cycle (May, August, December), please have your department notify the Assistant Director for the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Kerri Bennett. Following your department's notification, our office will give you access to apply for graduation on my.smu. From the Student Homepage --> Academic Records tile --> Apply for Graduation link.
If you or your advisor conclude at any point that your graduation needs to be postponed, please immediately notify Kerri Bennett. You will apply for graduation separately for the next attempt.
Deadlines to Apply for Graduation:
|August 2020||Thursday, June 4|
|December 2020||Friday, August 28|
|May 2021||Monday, January 25|
|August 2021||Friday, June 4|
Submit Dissertation/Thesis for Optional Format Review
If you would like to have an early format check for your dissertation or thesis, you can submit your in-progress work to Kerri Bennett. She will provide feedback and direction that can be incorporated in your work as you continue to finish the thesis/dissertation. If you would like to participate in this optional format review, please submit a copy of your dissertation through the online form available here (select "First Format Check" under Submission Type).
Deadlines for Optional Thesis/Dissertation Check:
|August 2020||Friday, June 19|
|December 2020||Monday, October 5|
|May 2021||Friday, March 12|
|August 2021||Friday, June 18|
Submit Establishment of Examination Committee Form
Once your dissertation examination committee is finalized, you must submit the member names to the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. You can submit this information online here. If at anytime your a member of your committee changes, you will need to submit another form online.
Deadline for Establishment of Examination Committee Form Submission:
|August 2020||Monday, June 22|
|December 2020||Friday, October 16|
|May 2021||Friday, March 19|
|August 2021||Monday, June 21|
Submit Thesis/Dissertation for Mandatory Format Check
You must submit a first draft of your dissertation or thesis for a mandatory format check. Please submit a copy in PDF format through the form available here (select "First Format Check" under Submission Type). You will receive comments on your dissertation or thesis within approximately one week of submission.
Deadline for Mandatory Thesis/Dissertation Format Check:
|August 2020||Friday, July 3|
|December 2020||Monday, November 2|
|May 2021||Thursday, April 1|
|August 2021||Friday, July 2|
Submit Corrected Dissertation/Thesis for Final Format Review
After you have made the required corrections to your dissertation or thesis, you must submit it for a final format check by the Moody School. You may submit the corrected version through the form available here (select "Corrected Thesis/Dissertation (Revisions)" under Submission Type).
|August 2020||Friday, July 17|
|December 2020||Monday, November 23|
|May 2021||Friday, April 23|
|August 2021||Friday, July 16|
Complete Oral/Written Comprehensive Exams
As required by your department, you must successfully complete your oral or written examinations with sufficient time to process your graduation.
Last Day to Take Oral/Written Comprehensive Exams:
|August 2020||Friday, July 31|
|December 2020||Wednesday, December 2|
|May 2021||Friday, April 30|
|August 2021||Friday, July 23|
Submit Examination Report
After you have completed your written or oral examination, the signed examination report must be submitted to the Moody School. The DocuSign form should be initiated by the student 24-48hrs prior to their scheduled defense. Originals are no longer required during the COVID/social distancing period.
Deadlines for Examination Report Submission:
|August 2020||Monday, July 27|
|December 2020||Monday, December 7|
|May 2021||Monday, May 3|
|August 2021||Monday, July 26|
Submit Final Version of Dissertation/Thesis Online and Deposit Agreement
Once all revisions have been made to your dissertation and thesis, both formatting and content, all Master's and Ph.D. candidates must submit a final copy of their dissertation or thesis to SMU Scholar, the university's ETD platform. No final paper copies required by SMU. During this process, you will need to upload your signed Deposit Agreement to SMU Scholar, look for the option under the Supplemental Content section.
Deadlines for Final Thesis/Dissertation Submission:
|August 2020||Friday, July 31|
|December 2020||Friday, December 11|
|May 2021||Friday, May 7|
|August 2021||Friday, July 30|
Complete Exit Survey
The final step to receive your diploma is to complete an exit survey with the Moody School. All graduates are required to take this survey; submissions will not be reviewed until after your degree is conferred. In addition to the Moody School survey, Ph.D. candidates are requested to participate in the National Science Foundation's Survey of Earned Doctorates. Only Ph.D. graduates should submit the SED Survey.
Off-campus login to ORGS requires the following format:
smu\XXXXXXXX (replace X's with your SMU ID)
Your SMU Password
Also, please check and update demographic information on My.SMU.
Exit Survey Deadlines:
|August 2020||Sunday, August 2|
|December 2020||Monday, December 14|
|May 2021||Monday, May 10|
|August 2021||Sunday, August 1|
|August 2020||Tuesday, August 4|
|December 2020||Saturday, December 19|
|May 2021||Saturday, May 15|
|August 2021||Wednesday, August 4|