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Doctoral Dissertation
Critical Dates and Deadlines

Intended Graduation Date – December 2017

January 10, 2017
Application for degree is available through MyNIU.

September 15, 2017
Last day to submit application for degree. 

September 29, 2017
Last day to defer graduation. (EFORM available)

September 29, 2017
Last day to submit request for oral defense of dissertation. (EFORM available

The request for oral defense must be accompanied by a paper copy of the complete dissertation (called the “draft version”). The request and draft version should be submitted to the Graduate School 
at least three weeks in advance of the defense, Attention: Debbie Williams, Adams Hall, Room 230.

October 20, 2017
Last day to safely defend your dissertation.

Results of your oral defense must be submitted by your faculty director within three days of your defense but in any case on or before October 25. (EFORM available)
The form may be faxed to 815-753-6366 or hand delivered to the Graduate School.

If no revisions are requested by your committee, you may submit your dissertation immediately after the defense. However, if your committee requests revisions, your faculty director may not submit the results form until those revisions are completed. Papers will not be reviewed without a valid results form on file. 

October 31, 2017
Last day to submit postdefense version of your dissertation for Graduate School review.

Do not submit your dissertation until approved by your committee or faculty director to do so. All papers must be submitted electronically. Find instructions and resources at go.niu.edu/thesis.

December 16, 2017
Commencement ceremony

Intended Graduation Date – May 2018

July 10, 2017
Application for degree is available through MyNIU.

February 14, 2018
Last day to submit application for degree. 

March 9, 2018
Last day to defer graduation. (EFORM available)

March 9, 2017
Last day to submit request for oral defense of dissertation. (EFORM available

The request for oral defense must be accompanied by a paper copy of the complete dissertation (called the “draft version”). The request and draft version should be submitted to the Graduate School at least three weeks in advance of the defense, Attention: Debbie Williams, Adams Hall, Room 230.

March 30, 2018
Last day to safely defend your dissertation.

Results of your oral defense must be submitted by your faculty director within three days of your defense but in any case on or before April 2. (EFORM available)
The form may be faxed to 815-753-6366 or hand delivered to the Graduate School.

If no revisions are requested by your committee, you may submit your dissertation immediately after the defense. However, if your committee requests revisions, your faculty director may not submit the results form until those revisions are completed. Papers will not be reviewed without a valid results form on file. 

April 6, 2018
Last day to submit postdefense version of your dissertation for Graduate School review. Do not submit your dissertation until approved by your committee or faculty director to do so. 

All papers must be submitted electronically. Find instructions and resources at go.niu.edu/thesis.

May 11, 2018
Commencement ceremony

Intended Graduation Date – August 2018

November 3, 2017
Application for degree is available through MyNIU.

April 14, 2018
Last day to submit application for degree. 

June 8, 2018
Last day to defer graduation. (EFORM available)

June 8, 2018
Last day to submit request for oral defense of dissertation. (EFORM available

The request for oral defense must be accompanied by a paper copy of the complete dissertation (called the “draft version”). The request and draft version should be submitted to the Graduate School at least three weeks in advance of the defense, Attention: Debbie Williams, Adams Hall, Room 230.

June 29, 2018
Last day to safely defend your dissertation.

Results of your oral defense must be submitted by your faculty director within three days of your defense but in any case on or before July 2. (EFORM available)
The form may be faxed to 815-753-6366 or hand delivered to the Graduate School.

If no revisions are requested by your committee, you may submit your dissertation immediately after the defense. However, if your committee requests revisions, your faculty director may not submit the results form until those revisions are completed. Papers will not be reviewed without a valid results form on file. 

July 6, 2018
Last day to submit postdefense version of your dissertation for Graduate School review. Do not submit your dissertation until approved by your committee or faculty director to do so. 

All papers must be submitted electronically. Find instructions and resources at go.niu.edu/thesis.

August 12, 2018
Degree date- no commencement ceremony.

 

Contact Us

Thesis and Dissertation Office
Graduate School
Adams Hall, Room 104
Northern Illinois University 
DeKalb, IL 60115
P: 815-753-9405
F: 815-753-6366
thesis@niu.edu

Office Hours 

Monday-Thursday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
and by appointment

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