All School of Education doctoral students in their final semester of graduate school should carefully follow the procedures outlined in the Doctoral Defense and Final Review Procedures.

This document is intended to guide School of Education faculty and doctoral students through the departmental and college doctoral defense and document submission procedures. Faculty and students should refer to the Office of the Graduate and Professional Education for all university-wide policies. It is the student’s responsibility to carefully follow all procedures.

If you have questions about any of the procedures, please contact Christina Johnston, Assistant Dean of Graduate Services, or David Hannah, Academic Support Coordinator, in the College of Education and Human Development.


It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all procedures are completed by their associated deadlines. Students and faculty advisors should refer to the Ph.D. and Ed.D. Graduate Timeline for the deadlines associated with the student’s graduation term.

Spring 2018

Date Action
February 15 Application for Advanced Degree due
February 15 Submit the dissertation/ELP to your committee no later than this date
March 1 Defense should be held no later than this date
March 15 Submit dissertation/ELP to department chair via David Hannah
April 2 Submit revised dissertation/ELP to dean of the College of Education and Human Development for review via David Hannah
April 16 Submit the final version of the dissertation/ELP to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education


Missed deadlines can delay a student’s graduation. If the student is not registered for other courses, he or she will be required to register for sustaining status.