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Howard Universtiy Graduate School Deadline - Fall Semester 2011

September 23 - REGISTRATION FOR GRADUATION

All prospective graduates must submit a Registration for Graduation Card to the Graduate School.


October 7 - Submit applications for renewal of courses and transfer of credit.

Degree requirements for the master's and doctorate must be completed within a maximum of five and seven years, respectively, from the date of initial registration. Courses taken more than five and seven years prior to applying for graduation must be revalidated in accordance with Graduate School guidelines. For documentation, a restoration of course credit form must be filled out and submitted to the Office of Educational and Research Affairs.

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October 17 - MASTER'S CANDIDATES - Last day to submit applications for Admission to Candidacy.

Last day to submit applications for Admission to Candidacy.

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October 17 – PH.D. CANDIDATES

Doctoral candidates planning to graduate for fall 2012 are required to submit the formal application for Admission to Candidacy.

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November 4 - PH.D. CANDIDATES

Last day to submit requests for oral defense examinations. Submit requests for oral defense examinations (Forms GS-EA 1-4), the Turnitin.com Originality Report, and the curriculum vitae for the external examiner. A final copy of the dissertation must accompany the requests. Oral defense examinations will be scheduled only after dissertations have been checked thoroughly and approved by the Office of Educational and Research Affairs.


Doctoral candidates planning to graduate for Fall 2011 were required to submit the formal application for candidacy not later than June 10, 2011.

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November 4 – MASTER’S THESIS CANDIDATES

Submit the notification of defense.The notification must include a memo listing the student’s name, names of the committee members, as well as the date, time, and place of the final oral examination. Form GS-EA-3, and the Turnitin.com Originality Report must be attached. A final copy of the thesis must accompany the requests.

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November 30 – PH.D. CANDIDATES

In order to allow students ten working days following their defense examinations to make any necessary corrections in their dissertations, this is the last date on which defense examinations will be scheduled.

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December 14 – Electronic Submission of Theses and Dissertations are due.

All degree candidates who have successfully defended the dissertation or the thesis must upload the final document to UMI Dissertation Publishing – http://www.etdadmin.com/howard.


PLEASE NOTE: All degree candidates must submit the electronic versions of their theses or dissertations no later than ten working days after the oral defense

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December 14 – Certification Forms GS-EA-5 and 6 are due for all degree candidates who have successfully defended the dissertation or the thesis.


December 14 – Certification Form GS-EA-6 for all non-thesis degree candidates is due.


December 14 – Certification Form GS-EA-7 for all graduate certificate candidates is due.


December 14 – All Financial Obligations Must Be Settled With The Office Of Student Accounts.;

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