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

Dear Graduating Political Science PhD Students:

Now that 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 January 17th. This is done online. The Department deadline to apply for graduation is Wednesday, March 1st. While the college deadline for applying to graduate is March 3rd, the actual deadline for you to apply is March 1st. 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, April 20th. 
  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. Then the form absolutely MUST be returned to the Eberly College (to Kimberly Nichols’s mailbox or hand-delivered to her) by 4pm on the business day after the defense. At the bottom of the form, there is a box for the Department Rep’s initials. Your committee chair should initial that.
  5. In addition, once you have completed your dissertation, defended it, and 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 Spring 2017 semester, you should submit your dissertation electronically by Wednesday, April 26th to ensure that it is approved by the university deadline of Friday, April 28th. 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. 

Sincerely,

Matthew Jacobsmeier

Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies


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

Dear 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 January 17th.  The Department deadline to apply for graduation is Wednesday, March 1st.  While the college deadline for applying to graduate is March 3rd, the actual deadline for you to apply is March 1st. 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. 

Sincerely,

Matthew Jacobsmeier

Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies