Completion deadlines and graduation for Ph.D. students

Please note that as of 2022, one commencement ceremony for Ph.D. and Ed.D. graduates takes place in May of each year, regardless of completion date. 

Spring/Summer 2022

Requirement Deadline
Degree applications filed Friday, June 3, 2022
Manuscript submitted to the Graduate School for Format Check Two weeks prior to scheduled defense
Final Defense Report and Conflict of Interest with all signatures and one copy of a public announcements submitted to the Graduate School Two weeks prior to scheduled defense
Last day to defend Friday, July 22, 2022
Final Graduate School requirements:  Friday, August 19, 2022
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Fall 2022

Requirement Deadline
Degree applications filed Friday, September 30, 2022
Manuscript submitted to the Graduate School for Format Check Two weeks prior to scheduled defense
Final Defense Report and Conflict of Interest with all signatures and one copy of a public announcements submitted to the Graduate School Two weeks prior to scheduled defense
Last day to defend Friday, October 21, 2022
Final Graduate School requirements:  Friday, November 4, 2022
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Winter 2023

Requirement Deadline
Degree applications filed Friday, February 10, 2023
Manuscript submitted to the Graduate School for Format Check Two weeks prior to scheduled defense
Final Defense Report and Conflict of Interest with all signatures and one copy of a public announcements submitted to the Graduate School Two weeks prior to scheduled defense
Last day to defend Friday, March 10, 2023
Final Graduate School requirements:  Friday, April 14, 2023
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Graduation

Wayne State confers degrees in the winter, spring/summer and fall terms. One commencement ceremony is held each May for Ph.D. and Ed.D. graduates. Detailed information about applying for the degree and commencement procedures is available on the commencement website.

Degree application

Degree applications are available via Academica on the Student tab, Student Self Service menu.

Application deadline

The deadline for applying is the Friday of the fourth week of class in the semester in which graduation is anticipated.

Caps, gowns, and tickets

Information concerning Commencement announcements, caps and gowns, tickets, and other relevant information will be mailed to the degree candidate by the Commencement Office prior to the event.

Attendance at the ceremony

Candidates for advanced degrees are requested and expected to attend Commencement, where they will receive their diplomas. Diplomas will be mailed to those candidates unable to attend the ceremonies.

Questions? Contact the Ph.D. Office. Phone: 313-577-2170 | phdstudents@wayne.edu