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Graduate Student Resources

Deadlines Reference List

In graduate study, you’ll have many deadlines and projects to manage. Here’s a quick reference list of what to do and when to do it, including important deadlines.

  • Safety Training.
    • Deadline: During the first term of academic study.
  • Ph.D. Qualifying Exam.
    • Deadline: It depends on your background. See "Requirements and Procedures for Graduate Degrees in Chemical Engineering," which can be found among the department graduate program documents below.
  • Tentative M.S./Ph.D. Course of Study form.
    Deadline: During the first term of academic study.

  • Thesis/Dissertation Committee Approval form.

    • Deadline: As early as possible (but no later than four weeks before the thesis/dissertation proposal date).

  • Thesis/Dissertation Proposal Approval and associated forms.

    • Thesis proposal deadline: the third term in the M.S. program. Note: For students entering the program in spring or summer, the proposal defense may be delayed until after taking CHE 5000, which is offered in the spring and should be taken after a student's first semester.

    • Dissertation proposal deadline: the fourth term in the Ph.D. program. Note: For students entering the program in spring, the proposal defense may be delayed until after taking CHE 5000, which is offered in the spring and should be taken after a student's first semester.

    • For thesis: Use the Final M.S. Course of Study and Proposal Approval form.

    • For dissertation: Use the Arrangements for the Dissertation Proposal Defense form (submit at least three weeks before proposal defense); after the proposal defense, submit the Report on Dissertation Proposal Defense form and the Final Ph.D. Course of Study form.

  • Comprehensive Exam (Ph.D. program).

    • Deadline: By the end of the sixth term of study after admission to the Ph.D. program. (For students switching from M.S. to Direct-to-Ph.D.: by the end of the sixth term of study after admission to the M.S. program).

  • Graduation Application.

    • Deadline: Early in the semester in which you plan to graduate. The exact deadline may be found among the Thesis and Dissertation Services deadlines. Check (and recheck) https://www.ohio.edu/registrar/graduation early that semester to discover when the system is accepting applications.

  • Thesis/Dissertation Defense.

    • Deadlines: Thesis defense — no later than six years from the start of the program. Dissertation defense — no later than seven years from the start of the program. Be sure to familiarize yourself with Thesis and Dissertation Services and watch the video on its home page, ohio.edu/graduate/etd.

    • Arrangements for Oral Defense form: At least four weeks before defense.

    • Statement of Originality form: At least two weeks before defense.

    • Report of Oral Defense form: See the “Post-Defense Format Review” date in the Thesis and Dissertation Services deadlines. Keep in mind that the content of the thesis or dissertation must be in its final, revised form by that date.

Additional Resources

For more information, check out:

Our helpful list of graduate program documents

The Graduate Students Frequently Asked Questions

Advising

Advising week is held every semester during the academic year for the upcoming semester. Most faculty post a sign-up sheet for advising during the week before advising week. Make your advisor happy: sign up ahead of time for an appointment, and then show up on time. Make your advisor even happier: come to the advising session having thought at least somewhat about what courses you will be taking next semester.

Academic Help

We recognize that our students juggle many priorities beyond their research. Ohio University provides helpful campus services: