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How to Graduate


How to Graduate, PhD Students (For the Fall 2017 Semester)

Graduating Political Science PhD Students:

When you are getting very close to finishing your dissertation, there are some logistical/paperwork tasks that you need to complete in order to get your diploma. You’re almost there! This is what you need to do:

  1. Apply to graduate starting on August 22nd. This is done online. The Department deadline to apply for graduation is Wednesday, October 4th. While the college deadline for applying to graduate is October 6th, the actual deadline for you to apply is October 4th. This will give me enough time to verify you are in a position to graduate by examining your plan of studies and your status in Degree Works and approve/disapprove your application. Directions on how to apply to graduate online can be found here.
  2. Prior to defending your dissertation, you must fill out an online form to declare to the Eberly College that you will have a dissertation defense. This must be done at least two weeks prior to the defense. The form can be found here.
  3. Oral dissertation defenses should take place by Wednesday, November 22nd. 
  4. You must also print out the Eberly College’s “Thesis and Oral Defense Form.” You can find it here.  Open it up in Adobe Acrobat and type in as many of the fields as possible, including committee members’ names (everything should be typed except for the signatures, which committee members will provide themselves, and for the check in the pass/fail lines, which members will also provide. Print it out and bring it to the defense. This form absolutely MUST be at the defense and committee members must sign it at the defense. After the defense, the form should be delivered to the Director of Graduate Studies immediately.  The Director of Graduate Studies absolutely MUST deliver it to the Eberly College graduate records office within 24 hours of the conclusion of the defense.  
  5. In addition, once you have completed your dissertation, defended it, completed any editorial revisions that your committee requested at your dissertation defense, and everything has been signed off on by your advisor and all of your committee members, you still are not done. You now have to submit your dissertation electronically to the library. See here for information on electronic theses and dissertations. For the Fall 2017 semester, you should submit your dissertation electronically by Friday, November 24th to ensure that it is approved by the university deadline of Friday, December 1st. See here for instructions on how to submit your dissertation and follow the directions precisely. See especially p. 7 of the submissions packet because it contains the form that your committee members must sign. 
  6. Please note that taking part in a commencement ceremony is optional, and that registration for commencement is a separate process from registering to graduate.  You should receive information regarding registering for commencement from the Eberly College.  Also note that if you would like your advisor or other member of the political science faculty to "hood" you at your commencement ceremony, you should ask them if they will be available well in advance.  If a faculty member of your choosing is not available, another representative form the department will hood you.


How to Graduate, MA Students (For the Spring 2017 Semester)

Graduating Political Science MA Students:

Now that are getting very close to finishing your MA, there are some logistical/paperwork tasks that you need to complete in order to get your diploma. You’re almost there! This is what you need to do:

Apply to graduate starting on August 22nd.  The Department deadline to apply for graduation is Wednesday, October 4th.  While the college deadline for applying to graduate is October 6th, the actual deadline for you to apply is October 4th. This will give me enough time to verify you are in a position to graduate by examining your plan of studies and your status in Degree Works and approve/disapprove your application. Find directions on how to apply to graduate online here. Be sure to scroll down on the page to the section for MA students.

Please note that taking part in a commencement ceremony is optional, and that registration for commencement is a separate process from registering to graduate.  You should receive information regarding registering for commencement from the Eberly College.  Also note that if you would like your advisor or other member of the political science faculty to "hood" you at your commencement ceremony, you should ask them if they will be available well in advance.  If a faculty member of your choosing is not available, another representative form the department will hood you.