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How to Graduate, PhD Students (For the Spring 2019 Semester)

Graduating Political Science PhD Students:

When you are getting close to finishing your dissertation, there are some logistical tasks that you need to complete in order to get your diploma. This is what you need to do:

  1. Apply to graduate starting on January 15. This is done online. The deadline to apply for May graduation is Friday, March 1.  Directions on how to apply to graduate online can be found here.
  2. Prior to defending your dissertation, you must fill out a 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 Eberly College Thesis and Dissertation Defense Date Declaration Form can be found here.  The completed form should be e-mailed to the Director of Graduate Studies.
  3. Oral dissertation defenses should take place by Thursday, April 11.
  4. You must also print out the Eberly College’s “Thesis and Dissertation 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, the checks in the pass/fail lines, and the initials of the department representative.)  Print the form 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 two business days after the defense.  If for some reason the Director of Graduate Studies is not available to receive the form at the conclusion of the defense, it should be given to a staff member in the department office.  In addition, it is recommended that at the conclusion of a successful defense, you ask your committee members when they will be available to sign the Completed Thesis and Dissertation Signature Form once any required revisions to your dissertation have been submitted to and accepted by the committee.  Please note that it is typical for committees to require some revisions at the conclusion of a successful defense.
  5. After making any required revisions to your dissertation and having those revisions approved by your committee, you must submit your dissertation to the library electronically. See here for general information on electronic theses and dissertations at WVU. For the Spring 2019 semester, you should submit your dissertation electronically by Friday, April 19 to ensure that it is approved by the Eberly College deadline of Friday, April 26. See here for instructions on how to submit your dissertation, and follow the directions precisely.  Please note that the Completed Thesis and Dissertation Signature Form, signed by your committee members after any required revisions have been approved, must be included as part of your electronic submission.  
  6. It is important to note that taking part in a commencement ceremony is optional, and that registering for commencement is a completely separate process from applying to graduate.  You should receive information regarding registering for commencement from the Eberly College.  Please also note that if you would like your advisor or another 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 2019 Semester)

Graduating Political Science MA Students:

When you are getting close to completing the MA program, there are some logistical tasks that you need to complete in order to get your diploma. This is what you need to do:

Apply to graduate starting on January 15. This is done online. The deadline to apply for May graduation is Friday, March 1.  Directions on how to apply to graduate online can be found here

It is important to note that taking part in a commencement ceremony is optional, and that registering for commencement is a completely separate process from applying to graduate.  You should receive information regarding registering for commencement from the Eberly College.  Please also note that if you would like your advisor or another 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.