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. 

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 2 weeks 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
  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. (Electronic signatures are accepted)
  5. Submit electronic copy of your dissertation/thesis with  signatures to ProQuest.
  6. Submit electronic copy of your dissertation/thesis with signatures to the  The Digital Repository of the Tulane Library  - Email the link to your uploaded Tulane Repository Paper.
  7. PhD Students Only earning their Phd Degree:  Complete and submit the the Survey of Earned Doctorates. Forward a copy of the confirmation email you receive to