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Thesis Information for Philosophy Students: Outline of Deadlines

Outline of Thesis Activities / Deadlines

The following is a list of deadlines and activities for a student graduating in the Spring Semester of their second year. Deadlines are approximate; talk with your advisor regarding specific due dates.  

  1. At least two full semesters before you plan on graduating:
    1. Apply for graduation.
  2. By the end of your first year:
    1. Choose an advisor and a topic.
  3. During your first summer in the program:
    1. Read and take notes on your topic. Create an outline of how your thesis will be structured.
    2. Choose the other members of your committee.
  4. By the beginning of the Fall Semester of your second year:
    1. Register for PHIL 8999: Thesis Research (3 credit hours).
  5. During the Fall Semester of your second year:
    1. Have your Prospectus approved – Usually, around the drop/add deadline for that semester (the end of the first week of classes).
    2. Write the majority of your thesis.
  6. By the beginning of the Spring Semester of your second year:
    1. Apply and register for PHIL 8999: Thesis Research (3 credit hours).
  7. During the first few weeks of the Spring Semester of your second year (the semester in which you will complete your work):
    1. Attend the College of Arts & Sciences Thesis/Dissertation Workshop (usually held the third or fourth week of the semester).
  8. By the halfway point (the Withdraw deadline) of the Spring Semester of your second year:
    1. Submit a full draft of your thesis to your advisor.
    2. Submit a draft of your thesis to the College of Arts & Sciences for a Format Review – typically by the halfway point of the semester in which you plan to complete your work. All candidates for graduation writing a thesis or dissertation MUST have their manuscripts reviewed for format correctness by this date.
  9. Approximately one month before the end of the Spring Semester  of your second year:
    1. Submit a draft of your thesis to your entire committee.
    2. Schedule your defense. Verify that all members will be available.
  10. Within the last couple of weeks of the Spring Semester:
    1. Submit the version of your thesis to be defended to your entire committee.
  11. No later than the last day of the exam period during of the Spring Semester:
    1. Defend your thesis.
    2. Make final edits.
    3. Submit the Thesis Signature Page to the Office of Graduate Services of the College of Arts & Sciences.
  12. Note: If you plan on graduating the semester after your defense: Upload the final version of your thesis to ScholarWorks before the first day of classes of the subsequent semester. Or, if you plan on graduating the same semester as your defense: Upload the final version of your thesis to ScholarWorks about two weeks prior to the last day of classes.
     

 

 

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