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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.

For more info., check out our helpful list of graduate program documents.

  • 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) ohio.edu/registrar/grd.cfm 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/index.cfm.

    • 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.