Ph.D. Clearance Deadlines

All Ph.D. students must follow the deadlines below in order to complete their degree requirements and graduate in the applicable graduation semester. With the exception of ETD deadlines and doctorate conferral dates, all other dates are subject to change. 

Task Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Summer 2022
Deadline to Apply to Graduate on GWeb November 15 March 15 July 15
Submit the Dissertation Examination Defense Form November 11 March 9 July 14

Pre-clearance by CCAS - Completed in 2 steps

  • DegreeMAP reflects all degree requirements completed except the dissertation and dissertation research courses
  • Attended an ETD dissertation formatting/publishing workshop 
November 21 March 24 July 21

Defend Dissertation

    December 1 April 3 August 3

    Submit electronic dissertation (ETD) to GWU Proquest site - Completed 1-4 steps

    • Submitted final, approved, post-defense, electronic dissertation to proquest site
    • Submitted advisor signed ETD Access Approval Form to CCAS
    • Completed NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates
    • Completed GWU Graduation Survey
    December 5 April 5 August 10

    Electronic Dissertation (ETD) is approved by 5:00pm - Deadline met as follow:

    • Final, approved dissertation containing all post-defense revisions and required formatting is approved by University ETD administrator
    • Dissertation status on Proquest site indicates "Ready for Checklist"
    December 9, 2022 at 5:00 PM April 12, 2023 at 5:00 PM August 15, 2022, at 5:00 PM
    CCAS Doctoral Hooding Ceremony May 18, 2023 (Tentative) May 18, 2023 (Tentative) May 18, 2023 (Tentative)
    Doctorates Conferred January 6, 2023 May 21, 2023 August 31, 2022