Completion deadlines and graduation for Ph.D. students

Winter 2021

Requirement Deadline
Degree applications filed Friday, February 12, 2021
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 12, 2021
Final Graduate School requirements:  Friday, April 16, 2021
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Spring/Summer 2021

Requirement Deadline
Degree applications filed Friday, June 11, 2021
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 23, 2021
Final Graduate School requirements:  Friday, August 20, 2021
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Fall 2021

Requirement Deadline
Degree applications filed Friday, October 1, 2021
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 22, 2021
Final Graduate School requirements:  Friday, November 5, 2021
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Graduation

Wayne State confers degrees in the winter, spring/summer and fall terms. Graduation ceremonies are held in December and May. Detailed information about applying for the degree and commencement procedures is available on the Commencement Office 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