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MS Thesis / PhD Dissertation Checklist for Graduation

For All SSE MS and PhD Students: Make sure you apply to Graduate - The Apply for Degree (instructions) application is on your Gibson Online Account .  If you are earning a certificate along with your degree, you must complete 2 applications: One application for your Degree and one application for your certificate.  Applications do not roll forward. You must apply to graduate within the semester in which you plan to earn your degree and receive your diploma.  

For PhD Students Only -  Prior to applying to graduate, you should have completed the Admission to Candidacy Form and Prospectus Approval Form and sent it to the SSE Dean's Office or emailed it to Janet Morgan.

Checklist for Graduation for students with a Thesis (MS) or Dissertation (PhD):

  1. You may want to set your Defense Date before you complete and submit the Application for Degree.  It is recommended that the date set  for your defense is no later than one week prior to the deadline date.  Often times there are re-writes required and you need to have time to complete them and get the required signatures for your paper.  The Oral Defense of your paper is just one part of the final steps required to complete the requirements for graduation.
  2. Complete dissertation/thesis as per program requirements and Guidelines for Thesis and Dissertation Preparation.
  3. On your Defense date, please complete and have your committee sign the Oral Defense Approval Form. (This form is then submitted to the Dean's Office or Email Janet Morgan.
  4. Complete any corrections to the dissertation/thesis as required by your committee and have your signature pages of your paper signed by your committee.  
  5. Submit electronic copy of your dissertation/thesis with  signatures to ProQuest  (I will see and approve your upload in ProQuest)
  6. Submit electronic copy of your dissertation/thesis with signatures to the  The Digital Repository of the Tulane Library  - Email Janet Morgan the link to your uploaded Tulane Repository Paper.
  7. Submit one single-sided, unbound copy of the dissertation/thesis on 20 lb., 100% cotton, white, untextured, acid-free paper (we suggest Southworth Thesis paper) with original signed cover sheet and abstract to the SSE Graduate Programs Office. Make sure your left margin is 1 1/2" and the rest of your margins are 1".  This will become the copy of record in the Tulane Library system.  This printed out hard copy must have ink signatures (per Tulane University Policy)
  8. PhD Students Only:  Complete and submit the the Survey of Earned Doctorates. Forward a copy of the confirmation email you receive to Janet Morgan.

Electronic Signatures are acceptable for uploaded copies of papers and all forms.  The hard copy paper turned into the Dean's Office must have ink signatures.

To assist you with the above guidelines for degree completion, please use the MS/PhD Checklist.

Degree Date: August
Application for Degree Due: by mid June
Final Copy of Thesis/Dissertation Due: August 5

Degree Date: December
Application for Degree Due: by mid October
Final Copy of Thesis/Dissertation Due: December 4

Degree Date: May
Application for Degree Due: by mid February
Final Copy of Thesis/Dissertation Due: May 5