Thesis Deadlines

Important Announcement to Students Submitting Theses for Publication for Fall 2015 Graduation:  January 18, 2016 is Martin Luther King Day.  Therefore, we have extended our submission deadline to January 19, 2016


Completing a master's thesis requires planning and attention to deadlines. You should work closely with your thesis committee and/or graduate advisor to meet your departmental deadlines for committee review and the defense of your thesis. A thesis should only be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies & Research (GS&R) after you have applied for graduation and after all members of your thesis committee have approved your thesis. Other information about applying for graduation, university deadlines, graduation requirements, and forms can be found on the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) website.

There are two important deadlines to consider when submitting your thesis to GS&R:

  • Submitting your thesis for initial review
  • Submitting your thesis for publication

Master's theses are reviewed by GS&R for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. You may submit your thesis up to one month in advance of the deadline. The scheduled deadlines for upcoming semesters are as follows:

Deadlines for submitting your thesis for review by GS&R  (once your thesis committee has approved your thesis and you have applied for graduation)


Fall (December) 2015 Graduation

Spring (May) 2016 Graduation

Summer (August) 2016 Graduation

November 6, 2015

April 8, 2016

July 1, 2016


Deadlines for submitting your thesis for publication (once GS&R has approved your thesis)


Fall (December) 2015 Graduation

Spring (May) 2016 Graduation

Summer (August) 2016 Graduation

January 18, 2016

June 13, 2016

September, 19, 2016

Because deadlines are posted well in advance of each thesis cycle, extensions of the deadlines are not granted. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that the thesis is submitted on time to GS&R, in the acceptable format outlined in the SJSU Thesis Guidelines (pdf).