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Graduation Checklist


Note that all requirements listed below are due by the posted graduation deadline for that semester. Deadlines are listed on the Office of Graduate Studies Website under "Academic Information" and "Academic Calendar."

Doctoral students:

  1. “Apply to Graduate” in Enroll & Pay (if you applied for a previous semester, you must re-apply in E&P) ;
  2. Schedule your final defense at least three weeks in advance through your dept/program assistant (exams should take place prior to the graduation deadline for the semester you plan to graduate). There are early deadlines at the beginning of each semester that do not require you to enroll for that semester, but students are required to be enrolled the semester prior to be eligible.
  3. Update and submit your Plan of Study (PoS) for final approval here. Please make sure all classes that count towards your degree are included and correct. Do not include coursework with a grade of "C- or below" as meeting graduate degree requirements. If you have any incomplete (I) or waiting grades (WG) from previous semesters, please contact your instructor or department assistant to get those changed.
  4. Complete and return KU Scholarworks Electronic Theses and Dissertations Release form (the first link under "Submit to UMI" under the Submitting tab on the Graduate Studies Website) to RGP – room 2011 / 2018 Eaton Hall or email to KUEngrGrad@ku.edu;
  5. Complete and return the Engineering Career Center MS or PhD Graduation Report form to RGP – room 2011 / 2018 Eaton Hall or email to KUEngrGrad@ku.edu;
  6. Once you have passed your final defense, turn in your signed Title Page and Acceptance Pages to 2011/ 2018 Eaton Hall;
  7. Complete the Doctoral Student Completion Survey - under Quick Links" on the left side of the screen. After completing the survey, turn in or forward a copy of the confirmation e-mail to RGP at KUEngrGrad@ku.edu.
  8. Upload a PDF version of your dissertation online (instructions). Note that the Office of Graduate Studies houses the official formatting requirements for theses and dissertations. Although students may find the general content layout of previous theses or dissertations helpful, students should not use the formatting from an old thesis or dissertation, as formatting instructions may change from year to year. 

Master’s students (thesis option):

  1. “Apply to Graduate” in Enroll & Pay (if you applied for a previous semester, you must re-apply in E&P);
  2. Schedule your final defense at least three weeks in advance through your dept/program assistant (exams should take place prior to the graduation deadline for the semester you plan to graduate). There are early deadlines at the beginning of each semester that do not require you to enroll for that semester, but students are required to be enrolled the semester prior to be eligible.
  3. Update and submit your Plan of Study (PoS) for final approval here. Please make sure all classes that count towards your degree are included and correct. Do not include coursework with a grade of "C- or below" as meeting graduate degree requirements. If you have any incomplete (I) or waiting grades (WG) from previous semesters, please contact your instructor or department assistant to get those changed.
  4. Complete and return KU Scholarworks Electronic Theses and Dissertations Release form (the first link under "Submit to UMI" under the Submitting tab on the Graduate Studies Website) to RGP – room 2011 / 2018 Eaton Hall or email to KUEngrGrad@ku.edu;
  5. Complete and return the Engineering Career Center MS or PhD Graduation Report form to RGP – room 2011 / 2018 Eaton Hall or email to KUEngrGrad@ku.edu;
  6. Once you have passed your final defense turn in your signed Title Page and Acceptance Pages to 2011 Eaton Hall.
  7. Upload a PDF version of your thesis online (instructions); Note that the Office of Graduate Studies houses the official formatting requirements for theses and dissertations. Although students may find the general content layout of previous theses or dissertations helpful, students should not use the formatting from an old thesis or dissertation, as formatting instructions may change from year to year. 

Master’s students (non-thesis option):

  1. “Apply to Graduate” in Enroll & Pay(if you applied for a previous semester, you must re-apply in E&P) ;
  2. Schedule your final examination or presentation with your program or department at least three weeks in advance (exams should take place prior to the graduation deadline); and,
  3. Update and submit your Plan of Study (PoS) for final approval here. Please make sure all classes that count towards your degree are included and correct. Note: the PoS is not a requirement for Engineering Management students. Do not include coursework with a grade of "C- or below" as meeting graduate degree requirements. If you have any incomplete (I) or waiting grades (WG) from previous semesters, please contact your instructor or department assistant to get those changed.
  4. Complete and return the Engineering Career Center MS or PhD Graduation Report form to RGP – room 2011 / 2018 Eaton Hall or email to KUEngrGrad@ku.edu;

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