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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Deadlines

The following deadlines are for graduate students enrolled in quarter programs. Graduate students in other professional programs should contact their department for deadlines. For important academic dates and deadlines, please refer to Drexel's Academic Calendars on the Provost's website.

Fall Quarter 2017-2018

  • Complete and submit the Application for Degree via DrexelOne by Monday, October 23, 2017.
  • Submit signed Completion Form to the Graduate College by Friday, January 12, 2018 by 4 p.m.

Winter Quarter 2017-2018

  • Complete and submit the Application for Degree via DrexelOne by Monday, February 5, 2018.
  • Submit signed Completion Form to the Graduate College by Friday, April 6, 2018 by 4 p.m.

Spring Quarter 2017-2018

  • Complete and submit the Application for Degree via DrexelOne by Monday, April 30, 2018.
  • Submit signed Completion Form to the Graduate College by Friday, June 29, 2018 by 4 p.m.

Summer Quarter 2017-2018

  • Complete and submit the Application for Degree via DrexelOne by Monday, July 23, 2018.
  • Submit signed Completion Form to the Graduate College by Friday, September 28, 2018 by 4 p.m.

For a copy of the Graduate Program Completion Form, visit the Forms page of the Graduate College website.

Graduation Checklist

The following checklist is for graduate students enrolled in quarter programs. Graduate students in other professional programs should contact their department for graduation procedures.

Step 1: Degree Requirements

To be considered a degree candidate, you must satisfy all academic degree and other requirements established by your department. Speak to your supervising professor or graduate advisor about the requirements for your degree.

Step 2: Submit your Application for Degree

Submit the Application for Degree via your DrexelOne portal by the deadlines listed on the Drexel Central website.

If you are graduating in the summer or fall term, you may be eligible to "walkthrough" at the June Commencement ceremonies prior to your official graduation date. Please refer to the Drexel Central website for the Walkthrough Policy and discuss your eligibility with your academic advisor. You should submit your degree application for the term in which you will complete all of your degree requirements.

Step 3: Institutional Holds

Check your DrexelOne account to ensure you have no outstanding holds on your record.

Step 4: Financial Obligations

Check for any remaining balance on your student account by logging on to DrexelOne. You will not receive your diploma or be able to request an official transcript until your account is paid in full.

Step 5: Commencement

Commencement occurs once a year in June after the spring quarter. All graduating students receive an email with instructions to RSVP for Commencement via a survey link in DrexelOne. There, students will also find more information about ceremony tickets, regalia, etc.

Academic hooding for doctoral students will take place at the College/School's Commencement ceremony. For a list of college/school ceremonies and for more details about Commencement, please visit the Commencement website.

Please make arrangements with your supervising professor(s)/committee chair to attend the college/school Commencement ceremony together. The Graduate College will also notify your supervising professor(s)/chair, who will be acknowledged in the official program. If your supervising professor(s)/chair is unable to attend the college/school ceremony, please find a replacement from your committee to participate in the academic hooding.

For more information about Commencement, including RSVP, regalia (cap and gown) and tickets, visit the Commencement website.

Graduation Instructions for Doctoral Candidates

(PhD, DRNP, DRPH, DPT, DHSC, EDD)

When you are ready to apply for graduation from a doctoral program, the Graduate College will check for completion of the following items. You should consult with your academic adviser, department chair or supervising professor regarding departmental requirements.

What You Will Need

  1. Notification for Scheduling the Final Oral Defense
    You must file a D-4 Form [PDF] outlining the details of your defense. The form must be completed and submitted to the Graduate College at least four weeks in advance of your defense date.
  2. Result of your Final Oral Defense
    A D-5 Form [PDF] is necessary for graduation. In the absence of this form, you cannot be cleared for graduation. Signatures are to be obtained at the conclusion of your successful defense. Your supervising professor or chair must specify on the form whether or not the results of the final oral defense were or were not satisfactory. Once all signatures are obtained, the form must be submitted to the Graduate College by your committee within 48 hours of your defense.
  3. Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form and Signature Page
    The Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form and Signature Page [PDF] must be signed by all committee members upon review of your thesis/dissertation. After any/all changes have been made and approved by your supervising professor, you must submit your completed dissertation/thesis, including the Approval Form and Signature Page formatted as the first page of the single PDF document, electronically to ProQuest according to the guidelines on the Drexel University Libraries website. Please review the Thesis Manual [PDF] for more information about formatting and required documents. You should also consult with your academic department for any additional formatting requirements.
  4. Completion Form
    This is the final step. In order to be cleared for graduation, the Graduate Program Completion Form [PDF] must be submitted to the Graduate College by deadline posted above. The deadline is typically the end of the first week of classes after the term you plan to graduate. For exact deadlines, please contact the Graduate College (graduatecollege@drexel.edu).

Steps to Completion

  1. Complete and submit the Application for Degree through Drexel One by the deadlines listed on the Drexel Central website.
  2. Work with your advisor and committee members, decide on a date, time and place for your final oral exam (defense), making certain that the defense date occurs before the established deadline for the term. (Note that the advisor has to agree that the dissertation is ready to defend);
  3. Submit the D-4 Form: Final Oral Defense Committee Appointment and Schedule [PDF] to the Graduate College at least four weeks prior to your defense date;
  4. Submit copies of your thesis/dissertation to the members of your defense committee at least three weeks prior to your defense date;
  5. At the conclusion of your successful defense, have all committee members sign the D-5 Form: Report of Final Oral Defense Committee [PDF];
  6. Make any required corrections to your thesis/dissertation, and have all committee members sign the Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form and Signature Page [PDF] which should be formatted as the first page of your thesis/dissertation in preparation for electronic submission;
  7. Submit your thesis/dissertation electronically to ProQuest according to the instructions on the Drexel University Libraries website;
  8. Once all required signatures are obtained, submit the Graduate Program Completion Form [PDF] to the Graduate College for final approval and degree clearance.

Final Materials

Submit the following to the Graduate College by the deadlines posted above:

Registration Requirement

All doctoral students must be registered for at least one credit hour, either research or dissertation, in the term in which he/she plans to defend and/or graduate.