Graduation Deadlines and Checklist

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:

Graduation Deadline
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:

Graduation Deadline
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:

Graduation Deadline
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:

Graduation Deadline
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).  

Graduation Deadline
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:  

Graduation Deadline
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:

Graduation Deadline
August 2020 Monday, July 27
December 2020 Monday, December 7
May 2021 Monday, May 3
August 2021 Monday, July 26



Graduation Deadline
August 2015 August 4 (Tuesday)
December 2015 December 14 (Monday)
May 2016 May 11 (Wednesday)
Graduation Deadline
August 2015 August 4 (Tuesday)
December 2015 December 14 (Monday)
May 2016 May 11 (Wednesday)

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.  

Submit Electronically to SMU Scholar

 

Deadlines for Final Thesis/Dissertation Submission:

Graduation Deadline
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.

  1. Take SED Survey (Ph.D. only)

  2. Take the Moody School Exit 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:

Graduation Deadline
August 2020 Sunday, August 2
December 2020 Monday, December 14
May 2021 Monday, May 10
August 2021 Sunday, August 1

Degrees Conferred

Graduation Conferral Date
August 2020 Tuesday, August 4
December 2020 Saturday, December 19
May 2021 Saturday, May 15
August 2021 Wednesday, August 4