Doctoral Degree Forms and Deadlines

Guidebook icon Guidelines for Preparation and Submission of an Electronic Dissertation
Consult these guidelines for details as you complete the requirements summarized below.
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Eva Bachman, Doctoral Programs Specialist, Office of Graduate Studies


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1. Committee

Deadline
Prior to the completion of 45 credit hours, exclusive of research tools or language requirements.
Appointment of the Supervisory Committee
  • Submit completed form to: Eva Bachman, Doctoral Specialist in the Office of Graduate Studies. You will be notified by email when your committee is approved.
  • Committee composition: The committee must consist of at least four graduate faculty or non-graduate faculty approved to perform specified graduate faculty duties. One committee member must be an NU graduate faculty member from outside the department or area in which the doctorate is to be granted.
    • Minors: If a minor is sought, the committee should include a representative from the minor department. This member can also act as the Outside Representative.
    • Change of Committee form: To change committee members the student's advisor must notify the Doctoral Specialist by submitting the change form, listing the entire committee as it will stand after the change.
    • Appointment of Courtesy Committee Member form: If nominating a faculty member from outside the University of Nebraska system, submit this form along with the faculty member's CV.
  • For more information: Supervisory Committee policy in the Graduate Bulletin.


2. Program of Studies, Research Requirements

Deadline
Within the same semester or summer of approval of the Supervisory Committee by Graduate Studies.
Program of Studies for the Doctoral Degree
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  • The doctorate degree requires a minimum of 90 total credit hours, including a minimum of 12 hours (maximum 55) of dissertation. At the time of the filing of the Program of Studies, there should be at least 45 hours remaining to be taken, exclusive of research tools, language requirements, or collateral courses.
  • Submit completed form to: Eva Bachman, Doctoral Specialist in the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Changes to the Program: After the Program of Studies has been filed with Graduate Studies, any changes should be submitted in writing. Changes to a student's Program of Studies may be submitted by the student's advisor in a memo/email to the Doctoral Specialist outlining the additions, deletions, or substitutions.
  • For more information: Program of Study policy in the Graduate Bulletin.

Research responsibility requirements


3. Candidacy

Deadline

* And at least 7 months before final oral exam.

This form is filed when the research tools have been completed and the comprehensive examinations are passed.

Application for Admission to Candidacy
  • Submit completed form to: Eva Bachman, Doctoral Specialist in the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Registration requirement:Once candidacy is achieved, registration is required each semester (fall and spring) until the student graduates.
    • This requirement stands even if all credit hours, including dissertation, have already been taken.
    • Failure to register will result in a termination of candidacy and thus, the program.
  • For more information: Refer to Registration requirements during doctoral candidacy or Candidacy in the Graduate Bulletin.


4. Graduation Application

Deadline
Application for Degree
  • Completed form due to: Office of the Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, with $25 payment.  (Form may still refer to 109 Canfield instead.)
  • Consequences of missed deadline: If this is not filed, a diploma will not be ordered for you and your graduation date will be postponed.


5. Oral Exam Form, Research Responsibility Followup, Incomplete Grades

Deadline

* And at least 2 weeks before final oral exam.

Application for Final Oral Examination
  • Before the form is submitted: (1) The two designated readers must read the dissertation and sign the form. (2) The chair or co-chairs must also sign.
  • Scheduling: The final oral should be scheduled at a time when a majority of the committee, including the chair/co-chairs, can attend. The time and date of the oral examination must be recorded on the form.
  • For more information: Refer to Final Oral Exam in the Graduate Bulletin.
Research responsibility requirements
  • If applicable, provide proof of IRB/IACUC approval.
Incomplete Grades
  • All incomplete grades listed on the program of studies (except dissertation 999) must be removed with satisfactory grades to satisfy degree requirements.


6. Final Packet

 
Information icon You will receive final instructions and a Checklist link upon submission of the Application for Final Oral Examination. To ensure that these final steps go smoothly, follow the final instructions and checklist with care.


7. Oral Examination

Deadline

Information icon For materials and details, refer to the checklist link you received from Eva Bachman.

  • Bring Report on Completion of the Doctoral Degree and Signature Page forms to the oral examination for signatures.
  • Date shown is final day oral examination can be held.


8. Final Steps

Deadline

Information icon For materials and details, refer to the checklist link you received from Eva Bachman.

Be sure you have submitted the final, complete PDF version of your dissertation to Eva prior to this step.

  1. Presentation of Materials to Graduate Studies for Checking/Stamping
    • Report on Completion of the Doctoral Degree
    • Materials soon to be deposited at the library:
      • Final copies of the title page and abstract
      • Signature Page
      • Email from ProQuest confirming upload of dissertation
      • Electronic Dissertation Information sheet
      • Survey of Earned Doctorates (Ph.D. only)
  2. Deposit of Dissertation and Related Materials at Love Library
  3. Payment of Final Fees to Cashier/Bursar
  4. Final Forms
    • Return completed Report on Completion of the Doctoral Degree form to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  5. Dissertation (999) Grades
    • If not reported on Report on Completion of the Doctoral Degree, the supervisory committee chair should submit these to the Records Office, 107 Canfield Admin. Bldg. Includes previous "incompletes" and "no reports."


End of Semester; Doctoral Hooding and Commencement

Dates

Master's Degree Forms and Deadlines

Guidebook icon Guidelines for Preparation and Submission of an Electronic Thesis
Consult this guidebook for details as you complete the requirements summarized below.

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Terri Eastin, Master's Programs Specialist, Office of Graduate Studies


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1. Memorandum of Courses, Research Responsibility

Deadline
Prior to completion of over one-half of required coursework
Memorandum of Courses
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  • Completed form due to: Master's Specialist in the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Deadline notes:The Memorandum must be submitted by the student prior to the completion of half of the program. Required for candidacy.
    • "Incompletes" and "no reports" count as completed courses.
    • A student may not file a Memorandum of Courses and graduate in the same semester or summer session.
  • Changes:After the Memorandum has been filed with Graduate Studies, any changes to the Memorandum should be submitted in writing.
    • Changes may be submitted by the student's advisor in a memo/email to the Master's Specialist outlining the additions, deletions, or substitutions.
    • It may or may not be possible to change the Option. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin.
Research responsibility requirements
Deadlines
  • Completed form due to: Office of the Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, with $25 payment. (Form may still refer to 109 Canfield.)
  • Consequences: If this is not filed, a diploma will not be ordered for you and your graduation date will be postponed.
Deadlines

* Or at least 4 weeks (3 weeks in summer) before the oral exam.

  • Completed form due to: Master's Specialist in the Office of Graduate Studies. Receipt of this form generates the final graduation check.
  • Deadline notes: Must be filed at least four weeks (three weeks in summer) prior to the date of the oral exam or by the date shown on the left. If an oral examination is scheduled, this form must indicate the date and time of the examination and the names of the oral examining committee.
  • Sections required: For all Options, Parts 1 through 4 of the form — including signatures in Part 3 but omitting signatures in Part 4 — must be completed before it is submitted to Graduate Studies. For Option I, Part 5 must also be completed at that time.


4. Preliminary Copy of Thesis

Deadlines

* Or at least 2 weeks before the oral exam.

  • Due in the Office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks (one week in summer) prior to the oral examination date, but not later than the deadline to the left.
  • The preliminary thesis may be submitted to the master's specialist electronically.


5. Incomplete Grades, Comprehensive Exam Results

Deadlines
Incomplete Grades
  • All incomplete grades listed on the Memorandum of Courses (except thesis).

Written Comprehensive Examination and/or Option II Paper Results
  • Must be filed in the Office of Graduate Studies no later than the deadline listed at the left.


6. Oral Examination

Deadlines
  • This deadline is the final day the oral examination can be held.


7. Final Materials Check, Depositing, Fee Payment

Deadlines
  1. Presentation of Materials to Graduate Studies for Checking/Stamping
    • Final Examination Report Form
    • One paper copy of abstract for Graduate Studies
    • One paper copy of abstract and title page for Library
    • Confirmation of upload to Digital Commons
  2. Deposit of Thesis and Related Materials at 318 Love Library
    • Deposit abstract, title page, and confirmation of upload; have Final Examination Report Form signed.
  3. Payment of Final Fees to Cashier/Bursar at 121 Canfield
    • Have Final Examination Report Form signed.
  4. Return of Completed Final Examination Report Form to Graduate Studies


Semester Ends

Dates


Commencement Ceremony

Dates

Ed.S. Degree Forms and Deadlines

Complete the requirements in the table below.

question icon For more information: Eva Bachman, Office of Graduate Studies


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Deadline
Prior to completion of 42 credit hours
  • Submit completed form to: Eva Bachman in the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Deadline notes: The form must be filed by the student prior to the completion of 42 credit hours.
  • Committee composition:The committee must consist of at least three graduate faculty.
    • Changes: If any changes to the committee are made after this form is submitted to Graduate Studies, the advisor must notify Eva Bachman in writing.
  • For more information: Requirements for the Educational Specialist Degree in the Graduate Bulletin.
Deadline
Within the same summer or semester
  • Submit completed form (with supervisory committee chair's signature) to: Eva Bachman in the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Deadline notes:The Program of Studies form must be completed and submitted to the Graduate Studies office in the same semester or summer term of approval of the Supervisory Committee by Graduate Studies.
    • The Ed.S. degree requires a minimum of 66 total credit hours. At the time of the filing of the Program of Studies, there should be at least 24 hours remaining to be taken.
  • Changes to the Program: After the Program of Studies has been filed with Graduate Studies, any changes should be submitted in writing. A "Request for Change of Program" form is available from Graduate Studies, or a memo may be submitted by the student's advisor to Eva Bachman outlining the additions, deletions, or substitutions.
  • For more information: Requirements for the Educational Specialist Degree in the Graduate Bulletin.
Deadline
  • Completed form due to: Office of the Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, with $25 payment.  (Form may still refer to 109 Canfield.)
  • Consequences: If this is not filed, a diploma will not be ordered for you and your graduation date will be postponed.


4. Final Report, Incomplete Grades

Deadline
Final Report for the Ed.S.
  • Submit completed form to: Eva Bachman in the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Deadline notes: Due at least 14 days before graduation. All information and signatures should be complete at that time except the signature of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Incomplete Grades
  • All incomplete grades listed on the program of studies (except dissertation 999) must be removed with satisfactory grades to satisfy degree requirements.


Semester Ends, Commencement Ceremony

Dates